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Family recalls tragic events of Las Cruces bowling alley massacre on 23rd anniversary

Monday, February 11, 2013 - 1:06am

A victim's family spoke about the tragedy of losing three of their loved ones in the Las Cruces Bowling Alley Massacre on the 23rd anniversary Sunday.

On February 10, 1990, two men robbed the Las Cruces Bowl bowling alley on Amador shooting and killing four people, two of them young girls, and wounding three others.

"Who kills a two-old and a six-year-old child," said Ruth Teran, grandmother of Valerie Teran, 2, and Paula Holguin, 6,. "I mean those people had no heart, no soul and no feelings."

The two children were at the bowling alley with their father Stephen Teran, 26, who was also shot and killed.

"It just tore us apart," said Polo Teran, grandfather of the two girls and Stephen's father. "Part of your heart was taken out and it's never been replaced and it never will be.

Every anniversary the Teran family gathers at the bowling alley, which has since changed names and ownership, to remember their loved ones.

Anthony Teran, Stephens younger brother, came to town from Phoenix for the anniversary.

"We kind of walk through and imagine him, the girls, holding their hands and walking them to the door," Teran said.

Teran was 19 at the time of the shooting and remembers receiving the call while at his New Mexico State University dorm room.

He said he remembers asking about the girls when he spoke with his brother's wife at the hospital.

"In her next breath she screamed out they killed them too," Teran said.

The case remains unsolved.

Documentary Filmmaker Charlie Minn produced a film highlighting the tragic events of that day in hopes of bringing the killers to justice.
"How can someone not know something," Minn said. "For a city that small at the time and this thing is still out there."

The men were identified as hispanic but there has not been strong enough leads for an arrest.
"They probably had families and they probably had friends in the area," said Anthony Teran. "Somebody knows something, absolutely somebody knows something."

The family said they know an arrest will not bring back their loved ones but justice for the crime would help ease the pain of knowing the killers are out there.

"We're just looking for closure hoping somebody will come up and say well I know who did it or some kind of clue," said Polo Teran.

If anybody has any information they are asked to call police.



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