A summer of secrets: Police provide little information on multiple homicides, while skirting state law

A summer of secrets: Police provide little information on multiple homicides, while skirting state law

From the Las Vegas Optic

Following a particularly violent summer, the Las Vegas Police Department is investigating four homicides and one non-fatal shooting. To date, charges have been filed in just one case.

Police have provided the public with very little information on these incidents, and have denied three open records requests made by the Optic under New Mexico’s Inspection of Public Records Act, or IPRA.

The first homicide occurred June 15 when Cruz Gallegos was shot and killed inside a home on Chavez Street. On July 22, Leroy Lucero died from multiple gunshot wounds while outside a home on San Miguel Street. Less than two weeks later, on Aug. 3, Marcos “Mark” Carrillo was found dead from a single gunshot wound inside a house on Union Street. About a half hour prior, Gilbert Montoya was found bleeding from multiple gunshot wounds outside a nearby home.