Man shot dead by teenager over dispute

Posted on April 11, 2009. Filed under: dispute - strangers, New Mexico |

Santa Fe, New Mexico – FBI agents arrested Carl Romero, who is either 18 or 19, who admitted he shot Naayaitch Friday in the chest with a shotgun April 11 in a dispute over drugs and money.

Naayaitch Friday and a friend met at the Sonic fast-food restaurant in Española about 9:30 p.m., April 10 and began drinking alcohol. A green Chevrolet Cavalier driven by Romero, with two others inside, soon joined them, and they all continued drinking. Friday and his friend didn’t know Romero and his friends, who were members of a north-side gang in Española, the affidavit says.

The five men left Sonic about 10:45 p.m. and went to the Big Rock Casino on the Santa Clara Pueblo near Española, where they drank in the sports bar until about 11:30 p.m., the affidavit states. The five left in the Cavalier at that time, then returned to the casino parking lot an hour later and milled around for about 15 minutes, according to the affidavit, which cites surveillance video of the men.

The five men “cruised around for awhile,” then dropped off Friday’s friend at a home in El Rancho on the San Ildefonso Pueblo. The other four men told the friend they were going to the Buffalo Thunder Resort & Casino on the Pojoaque Pueblo, the affidavit says. At the time, Friday had $400 in cash on him and a full bottle of vodka.

Romero told FBI agents that after dropping off Friday’s friend at the El Rancho home, “he got into a verbal confrontation with Friday over drugs and money,” the affidavit states. At about the same time, one of the car’s tires became problematic, so they pulled into an arroyo. All four men then got out of the car so Romero could check the tire levels.

“During this time, Friday continued to mouth off to Romero about the drugs and money,” according to the affidavit. “Romero said he had had enough of Friday so he pulled out his .410 shotgun he had in the vehicle with him.”  Romero admitted he then shot Friday in the chest.

Agents recovered the shotgun in Romero’s room at his home on the Ohkay Owingeh Pueblo.  More on Santa Fe New Mexican

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I hope Carl Ernesto Romero rots in jail!!


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