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A look back at Albuquerque’s deadliest year, 2021

In August 2021, Mayor Tim Keller predicted it would happen. “We expect these trends to continue, and I expect Albuquerque to break the 100 mark this fall,” said Mayor Keller. 2021 was a record homicide year in Albuquerque at 114, with the first murder occurring on January 8 and the last December 31. Earlier this year Albuquerque Police Chief Harold Medina said many of the homicides were drug-related. “There’s been a huge surge in what’s called the ‘nexis drug’. We’re seeing trends and robberies that have to do with narcotics,” said Chief Medina. A possibly drug-related murder occurred on March 5 when four bodies were found in a car at the Albuquerque International Sunport. Sean Lannon, 47, was eventually charged with the murders, including that of his own wife. He was arrested shortly after police discovered he was alleged to have killed a man in New Jersey. Relatives: 3 Sunport victims have been missing since January. “Our detectives, I can tell at this point, when they were out in New Jersey, learned that Mr. Lannon claimed to have killed another 11 people in the Grants and Cibola Counties,” Gilbert Gallegos said with the Albuquerque Police Department. Lannon alleged at a trial that the 11 other New Mexicans he killed were drug dealers. But not all murders were drug related. “We looked across the field and saw him lying on the ground and the officer walked over there,” said Amari Asbury, a Washington Middle School student. On August 13th, Bennie Hargrove, a 13-year-old Washington Middle School student, became , shot dead by a classmate, Juan Saucedo JR. Hargrove reportedly confronted him with bullying his friends. Relatives: 13-year-old boy charged with first degree murder in shooting at Washington Middle School “As a parent, this is my worst nightmare . I’m just glad my kids are fine. I pray for whoever shot the child, “said Sequaria Asbury, a parent. And what looked like a horror movie happened on Halloween weekend. The party became fatal when a group of men in hoodies and masks opened fire on the party, killing two and injuring two others With a fresh start in 2022, Police Chief Harold Medina said after a very violent year it was time for the courts to repeatedly hold violent criminals accountable for them don’t go on terrorizing the streets. “I think the judiciary from the bottom to the top has to listen to the wishes of the Albuquerque people. They want us to be tough on violent criminals and they want violent criminals to stay in jail, “said Chief Medina. Prior to 2021, Albuquerque’s record for homicides was set in 2019. That year, APD investigated 80 homicides, and Albuquerque hit a record low of 30 homicides in 2014.

In August 2021, Mayor Tim Keller predicted it would happen.

“We expect these trends to continue, and I expect Albuquerque to break the 100 mark this fall,” said Mayor Keller.

2021 was a record year for murders in Albuquerque at 114, with the first murder occurring on January 8 and the last December 31.

Earlier this year, Albuquerque Police Chief Harold Medina said many of the killings were drug-related.

“There’s been a huge surge in what we call Nexis as a drug. We’re seeing trends and robberies that have to do with narcotics,” said Chief Medina.

A possibly drug-related murder occurred on March 5 when four bodies were found in a car at the Albuquerque International Sunport.

Sean Lannon, 47, was eventually charged with the murders, including that of his own wife.

He was arrested shortly after police discovered he was alleged to have killed a man in New Jersey.

Related: 3 Sunport victims have been missing since January

“Our detectives, I can tell at this point, when they were out in New Jersey, learned that Mr. Lannon claimed to have killed another 11 people in the Grants and Cibola Counties,” said Gilbert Gallegos of the Albuquerque Police Department.

Lannon alleged at a trial that the 11 other New Mexicans he killed were drug dealers.

But not all homicides were drug-related.

“We looked across the field and saw him lying on the ground and the officer ran over there,” said Amari Asbury, a Washington Middle School student

On August 13, Bennie Hargrove, a 13-year-old Washington Middle School student, was shot dead by a classmate, Juan Saucedo JR, after Hargrove allegedly confronted him about bullying his friends.

Related: 13-year-old boy charged with first degree murder in gunfight at Washington Middle School

“As a parent, this is my worst nightmare. I’m just glad my kids are fine. I pray for whoever shot the child, ”said Sequaria Asbury, a parent.

And what looked like a horror movie happened on Halloween weekend.

A Halloween party became fatal when a group of men in hoodies and masks opened fire on the party, killing two and injuring two others.

Similar: The video from the assistant body camera shows that the Halloween party turned into a real nightmare

With a fresh start in 2022, Police Chief Harold Medina said after a very violent year it was time for the courts to hold repeat offenders accountable lest they continue to terrorize the streets.

“I think the judiciary from the bottom to the top has to listen to the wishes of the Albuquerque people. They want us to be tough on violent criminals and they want violent criminals to stay in jail, ”Chief Medina said.

Prior to 2021, Albuquerque’s record for homicides was set in 2019.

That year, APD investigated 80 homicides.

Albuquerque had a record low of 30 homicides in 2014.

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