Albuquerque Journal (Albuquerque, NM)

Holiday Slaying's Motive Unknown.(Metropolitan)

Byline: Jeff Jones Journal Staff Writer

Homeless Woman Dead; Man Arrested

Albuquerque police say a city man took in a young homeless woman, allowed her to stay in his home and then shot her to death early Christmas morning.

Investigators are now trying to figure out a motive for her killing.

Violent Crimes Sgt. Carlos Argueta said officers were called to an apartment in the 400 block of Fruit NE about 1:30 a.m. Monday. When they arrived they found that a 23-year-old homeless woman had been shot several times and two men identified by Argueta as 44-year-old Gary Velarde and his younger brother, Harold were with her.

Gary Velarde lives in the apartment, Argueta said. …

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