“He just wanted to make peace”


August 15-Juan Saucedo Sr. noticed that his pistol was lost around noon on Friday. The 41-year-old wife called her, saying she didn’t have a gun, and drove her son’s school, Washington Middle School.

Saucedo Sr. encountered police and fire rescue teams and saw police handcuff his son after the boy was allegedly shot dead by his father’s gun.

These were after Juan Saused Jr., 13, was formally charged with the death of Benny Hargrove, also 13, for murder and the illegal carrying of deadly weapons on school grounds. It was one of the details announced.

Investigators said Hargrove was trying to prevent Saused from bullying his friends when Saused pulled a gun and shot him multiple times.

A classmate who knew both boys said she heard the gunshot and saw Hargrove fall to the ground.

“Since then, it hurts. When I see someone dying like that, it just hurts in front of me,” said a sophomore. “He just wanted to make peace, but Juan didn’t. I think he just wanted to shoot him.”

Monica Armenta, a spokeswoman for Albakirk Public School, said it was the only deadly school shooting ever recorded in the area.

Saucedo Sr, the suspect’s father. Was expelled from Highland High School after shooting and injuring another parent during a 2018 student pickup lane battle.

Saucedo Sr. was never arrested, and the District Attorney’s Office refused to prosecute either man after determining that both men had a “valid defense claim.”

“Given our father’s history, our detectives are investigating all the factors that may have contributed to the tragic shootings on Friday,” police chief Harold Medina said in a statement to the journal. “It is unacceptable for a child to get a gun and take it to school.”

The Saucedo family declined to comment when they were contacted by phone on Saturday.

“Star Reminder”

Mayor Tim Keller said Hargrove showed “courage” in the face of bullying when dozens of children were in the area.

“His actions may have prevented something bad from happening,” he said, and said the incident served as an “urgent and clear reminder” of the importance of keeping a gun. From children begging their parents to make sure their guns are safe.

“(Friday) was a dark and tragic day for our community, but unfortunately I have never witnessed it before,” he said. “(It) is something we never want to see, and unfortunately it will be part of our history and part of the trauma of the community for decades to come.”

According to the criminal complaint filed in the children’s court:

At around 12:40 pm, police officers found Hargrove with multiple gunshot wounds on the eastern side of the school in response to a shooting at the Washington Middle School, southwest of 1101 Park. He died in the hospital.

APS Officer Joan Urbanic detained Saused on the scene.

A 13-year-old classmate told police earlier that day that Saused showed several children the gun he brought in his backpack.

The teenager said he “couldn’t see” the gun because he saw Saused put the gun behind his feet as Hargrove approached. Hargrove told Saused “Don’t bully his friend” and he “did not want to fight” Saused but told him “I want his friend to be left alone”.

The teen told police that Saused had fired at Hargrove and beat him many times.

When Saucedo was taken to the police station, he said to the police, “I’m sorry, tell my mom,” and when they provided him with food, “I’m not worth eating.”

Saucedo’s father told a case manager in the Children, Youth and Family Department of New Mexico that he noticed a gun lost at noon on Friday. He called his wife, saying she didn’t have a gun and went to school to see her son handcuffed.

‘Why him? ‘

Hargrove’s grandmother Vanessa Sawyer said the boy couldn’t wait to return to school after the pandemic.

“He was overly excited. He made me shop —” I must have this, I must have it “— Just look good I had to, “she said.

But on Thursday, Hargrove told her that another eighth grader was choosing sixth grader, “and he didn’t mean to let it go.”

“I asked him to avoid it because things could happen and escalate to something more-and obviously it happened,” Sawyer aloud a 13-year-old man with a gun. I wondered what I could get and said.

She said she had been trying to take pictures of her grandchildren for a whole week, and finally on Friday morning he forgave him.

“He didn’t like taking pictures, so he finally said,’Grandma, but she can only take one,'” she said with a laugh.

Hours later, Sawyer was told that Hargrove was shot during the lunch break and eventually died.

Sawyer said he helped raise Hargrove and his seven brothers, mostly girls, in Albuquerque. She said he didn’t get the best results but likes basketball and wants to play for the NBA someday. Sawyer said he has a “smile of victory” and a kind heart.

And she thought he would have made a “perfect lawyer.”

“He was controversial. I would miss it more than anything else in the world,” she said. “I couldn’t say or do anything without him discussing with me-about anything-rock color, anything.”

Sawyer said he was a guardian above all else.

“We don’t feel safe when he’s not at home … so we don’t know what we’re trying to do or how to feel safe again without him here,” she said. Told.

By Saturday morning, a collection of candles, flowers, and handwritten messages had been seen in front of Washington Middle School, west of downtown. Relatives, neighbors, classmates and strangers came to pray and leave flowers. Some people wore shirts with a picture of Hargrove and the words “in my beloved memory.”

For a few minutes in front of the monument, three Hargrove cousins ​​came, hugged each other, and lowered their faces in tears. The cousin said his family was upset by the loss of Hargrove’s cousin, 19-year-old Trebon Robbins, who had already been shot and killed downtown.

The classmates and their parents gathered at a commemorative ceremony a few hours later.

Some talked about Hargrove’s beautiful eyes and the reputation of those near him as “guardians.” Others “turned into bullies over time,” Saucedo Jr. I talked about. He was proud to go shooting with his father.

But no one expected this.

“When I heard that it was Juan, I wondered,’Why he, why he does it to Benny,'” asked one girl. “Benny wasn’t worth it. He was a lot better.”

Deanna Parra said Saucedo tried to fight Hargrove on Thursday. She said Saucedo had told others she was going to bring a gun to school on Friday.

“No one thought about it, and I knew he actually killed him,” Para said.

Sandra MacLeod paused at the monument when he pushed his grandson Thomas down the sidewalk with a car-shaped stroller. The 71-year-old said she saw an event with her sister on Friday.

She remembered attending school at Washington Middle School in the 1960s. McCloud said there were no fences at the time and shooting at school was never a concern.

“It was very personal …. it wouldn’t be the same when I was walking here,” she said with a quivering voice. “… My son says,’Everything is very different,’ he says. I say,” You don’t know. ” “”