ALBUQUERQUE – An Albuquerque mail carrier fatally shot when he tried to intervene in an argument between a woman and her teenage son is being remembered.
KOB-TV reports that family and friends of 47-year-old Jose “Pepe” Hernandez will gather Monday morning at a church in Rio Rancho for the public memorial.
Hernandez was outside a home April 22 where 17-year-old Xavier Zamora was fighting with his mother. According to the mother, Hernandez tried to diffuse the situation and used pepper spray on the teen.
According to a criminal complaint, Zamora took a gun from the house and shot Hernandez in the stomach.
He escaped but was taken into custody two days later.
The teen has been charged with murder.
Hernandez, an Army veteran, worked for the U.S. Postal Service for 12 years.