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  1. #1
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    Nov 2010

    NM - Rampage killer Damian Herrera killed "for fun," Abiquiu, 15 June 2017

    A man accused of killing his stepfather, brother and two strangers in a shooting rampage spanning nearly 200 miles across New Mexico had made troubling statements to family members about his intentions to kill or hurt people for fun, court documents said Friday.


    After Herrera gunned down his family, police say, he carjacked and killed a driver before shooting another man hours later at a general store in a tiny town that artist Georgia O'Keeffe called home. That's where the final victim, a regular at the store and security guard at O'Keeffe's home, died.

    Herrera was arrested Thursday and initially accused of five counts of murder. But prosecutors later said Herrera's mother was in critical condition. She had been taken off life support, leading authorities to believe she had died, District Attorney Marco Serna said.

    Read more at ... http://www.foxnews.com/us/2017/06/17...g-for-fun.html
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  2. #2
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    Jun 2012
    where the big sharks come to play
    From the article in the above post, what changed for him during the past year? Family dynamic? Drugs? Onset of mental illness? What???
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  3. #3
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    Nov 2010
    Damian Herrera was known in the small town of La Madera as a quiet, respectful young man. He played on the basketball team at Mesa Vista High School. He had gone on to attend classes at University of New Mexico-Taos, where he was pursuing a pre-science degree. He was seeing a girl who spoke highly of him and said that he was close with his friends and family.


    In an interview with Albuquerque-based KRQE-TV earlier this week, Carissa Herrera and her sister, Candice, said that he had been struggling with an undiagnosed mental illness for about two years. They said that "he would hear things" and that on the day of the violent shootings, he was scheduled for an "appointment."


    He was initially charged with four counts of first-degree murder Friday morning, along with other charges stemming from the alleged crimes. When his mother, who had been kept on life support, died of her injuries Friday evening, a fifth count of murder was added. The suspect has been assigned a public attorney, who will provide defense counsel as the case moves through the court system.

    <snip> http://www.taosnews.com/stories/stun...hootings,41354

    An apparent argument about the use of a truck started the alleged killing spree, Rio Arriba County Sheriff’s Sgt. Mark Webb wrote in a statement of probable cause for Damian Herrera’s arrest.

    Witnesses told Webb that Damian Herrera took the truck earlier in the day and when he returned in it, he was confronted by Trujillo.


    Witness Shiann Barela told Webb she had just arrived at Trujillo’s house to drop off her 5-month-old child when she saw Trujillo and Damian Herrera speaking near the back of a truck and it appeared they were loading or unloading something, he wrote in a statement of probable cause.

    “She then advised she went into the main house and began to speak to Carissa about her birthday party when she heard possibly three (3) shots and Max yell ‘Brenda,’” Webb wrote ... She tried to find the telephone to call 911, but could not find it so she ran out the back door, her infant in her arms. She was looking for the landline because there is no cell phone reception in La Madera.

    <snip> http://www.riograndesun.com/news/fiv...a57c5830f.html

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    Scary situation! There could easily have been more victims. This young man (accused) apparently has mental illness, but his motive for the shootings of family members was a dispute over a truck. Also, he chose not to shoot his sister and other people who entered the house--only people involved in the dispute initially. Will his mental illness be taken into account in court? IMO, it will not, but we'll see what is determined by a mental exam and how much the results are weighed.
    "Some circumstantial evidence is very strong, as when you find a trout in the milk."
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