Albuquerque Police Identify 3 Murder Victims
Police are investigating the scene where Diego Urban was shot February 8 in northwest Albuquerque. Urban was one of three men killed within hours. (Roberto E. Rosales/ Albuquerque Journal)
Authorities have released the names of three men killed in separate shootings near Albuquerque on the same day in February.
Gilbert Gallegos, an Albuquerque police spokesman, said the deaths of David Ramirez, 37, Patrick Gallegos, 55, and Diego Urban, 20, are being investigated as homicides.
In none of the cases were arrests reported.
So far this year, 12 murders have been investigated by the Albuquerque Police Department, with four arrested or charged.
As of this point last year, APD had investigated 14 murders.
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All three identified men were killed on February 8th.
Police were first called just before 10:30 a.m. to receive reports of a body outside the Cinnamon Tree apartment complex in Central, near Louisiana. Officials found Ramirez’s body somewhere in the complex.
Then, just after noon, officers went to a home in the 2900 block of Carlton NW, near Menaul and Second, for reports of a dead person. Police found Gallegos dead in the home and homicide detectives were called to investigate.
Sometime before 4:30 pm, police responded to a shooting at the Love’s truck stop near Sixth and Interstate 40. Officers found Urban shot dead in the area of the truck stop.
An obituary for just one of the men, Gallegos, could be found online.
The obituary described Gallegos as a man who loved fishing and coin collecting with his uncles. He was also a handyman who “could fix almost anything” and worked as a glazier for more than three decades.
“He will be remembered for his generous heart, for being a loving son and a best friend to his family and friends,” the obituary reads.