Story final revised: 12:50 pm Sunday, Nov. 20
LAS CRUCES — A University of New Mexico student is lifeless and a New Mexico State student athlete is recovering from gunshot wounds following an incident on the UNM campus early Saturday morning, suspending a extremely anticipated basketball recreation between the rival colleges that had been scheduled to happen later that day.
On Sunday, greater than 24 hours after the capturing, there are nonetheless extra questions than solutions. Here’s a take a look at what we know.
New Mexico State Police are main the investigation into the lethal capturing on the UNM campus. Although the police launched a press release Saturday afternoon noting that one particular person died within the capturing, associated police data haven’t but been made accessible.
In the assertion, police mentioned there was an altercation between a 19-year-old man and a 21-year-old man about 3 am Saturday on campus. Both males sustained gunshot wounds.
The 19-year-old, later recognized as a UNM student, was pronounced lifeless on the scene. His title has not been launched.
The 21-year-old, whom the Sun-News has confirmed that Mike Peake, a ahead on the NMSU basketball crew, was transported to an Albuquerque hospital following the capturing.
UNM college students who spoke to the Sun-News on Saturday night, mentioned they heard the capturing about 3:15 am to three:20 am close to a again entrance to the Coronado Hall dorm advanced on campus. Police arrived inside 5 to 10 minutes, the scholars mentioned.
The Albuquerque Journal reported later Saturday that the partitions of the residence corridor “seemed to be pockmarked with a number of bullet holes and not less than one window seemed to be struck.”
As of late Sunday morning, nobody had been charged within the capturing, though the police have said that an investigation is ongoing.
Mike Peake shot
Peake, a 21-year-old junior, is the basketball crew’s beginning energy ahead.
A Chicago native, Peake spent most of highschool taking part in in Kansas. The 6-foot-7, 218-pound ahead performed at Georgia and Austin Peay earlier than coming to NMSU for the 2021-22 season.
Peake is one in every of two returning gamers on this yr’s Aggie hoops squad. In the crew’s first two video games, he averaged 9 factors, 3.5 rebounds and a couple of blocks in simply over 20 minutes.
UNM-NMSU recreation postponed
The NMSU and UNM groups had been scheduled to tip off at 5 pm Saturday at The Pit in Albuquerque, however that recreation was postponed after information of the capturing.
In a collection known as the Rio Grande Rivalry, the 2 basketball squads play one another twice yearly, every on the different’s dwelling courtroom.
Last yr, UNM defeated NMSU on the Pan American Center in Las Cruces, whereas the Aggies beat the Lobos on a last-second shot at The Pit in Albuquerque.
In the primary of two scheduled video games this yr, The Pit was anticipating a close to sellout Saturday.
It’s not clear whether or not the Albuquerque recreation will probably be rescheduled. For now, the groups are scheduled to play in Las Cruces on Dec. 3.
NMSU’s subsequent scheduled recreation is Friday, Nov. 25, when the Aggies journey to Las Vegas, Nevada, the place they’re scheduled to play San Diego within the first recreation of the Las Vegas Invitational. NMSU would play both California-Irvine or Nicholls State on Nov. 26.
Officials from the NMSU athletics division, together with Athletics Director Mario Moccia and head basketball coach Greg Heiar, haven’t mentioned something publicly because the capturing and when reached have referred inquiries to the NMSU chancellor’s workplace.
NMSU chancellor releases assertion
On Sunday, New Mexico State Chancellor Dan Arvizu addressed the capturing in a press release to the college neighborhood.
“We know that one in every of our student athletes is now within the hospital following an altercation on the UNM campus. We additionally know one other particular person has misplaced their life following that altercation,” Arvizu wrote. “Any premature passing is a tragedy, nevertheless it’s particularly heartbreaking when it includes college students and occurs on a college campus. I’ve spoken with UNM President Garnett Stokes and relayed my sympathies and people of our whole NMSU neighborhood.”
In his letter, Arvizu inspired the neighborhood to not leap to conclusions.
“I’m assured all of the related particulars will come out in time,” he wrote. “That data will then assist inform our subsequent steps as a college.”
Arvizu additionally relayed that the college is cooperating with regulation enforcement.
NMSU bus stopped
After the sport was postponed, NMSU basketball gamers traveled from Albuquerque again to Las Cruces by bus.
State police stopped the bus at or close to the Fort Craig relaxation space, about mile publish 114 on Interstate 25 — the midway level between the 2 cities.
The bus was stopped “as a part of the continuing investigation into the murder at UNM. That bus has since been launched,” State Police spokesman Ray Wilson wrote in an electronic mail about 4 pm Saturday.
The Journal reported state police didn’t detain anybody who was on the bus.
Lucas Peerman is the information director for the Las Cruces Sun-News. He might be reached at email@example.com and @LittleGuyInATie on Twitter. Stephen Wagner is a sports activities reporter for the Las Cruces Sun-News. He might be discovered on Twitter at @stephenwag22 and reached at SWagner@lcsun-news.com.