Suspect in custody after shooting spree claims 5 lives
By Jennifer Cruz
Damian Herrera is charged with five counts of murder. (Photo: New Mexico State Police)
Authorities in New Mexico continue to investigate an incident that left five people dead when a 21-year-old man went on a killing spree Thursday evening that spanned 185 miles.
Damian Herrera, 21, is being held without bond at the Rio Arriba Detention Center. He is charged with five open counts of murder, as well as tampering with evidence and stealing a car.
The victims were identified by the New Mexico State Police as Herrera’s mother, Maria Rosita Gallegos, 49; her husband, Max Trujillo, Sr., 55; and Herrera’s half-brother, Brendan Herrera, 20. The remaining two victims were identified as Michael Kyte, 61, and Manuel Serrano, 59.
District Attorney Marco Serna said in a press conference that Kyte and Serrano were merely victims of circumstance and not known to Herrera.
Authorities say the incident started Thursday afternoon when Herrera shot his mother, stepfather and half-brother at their home in the rural community of La Madera, about 50 miles north of Santa Fe. Herrera first shot his step-father, who was outside at the time. Herrera’s half-brother then came outside and a struggle ensued, during which time the brother was shot in the neck. As Herrera’s