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Xavier Zamora arrested for murder of Albuquerque postman Jose Hernandez, police said

A provisional memorial to honor the postman who was killed in Albuquerque this week. (Adolphe Pierre-Louis / Albuquerque Journal / AP) (Adolphe Pierre-Louis / Albuquerque Journal via AP / Adolphe Pierre-Louis / Albuquerque Journal via AP) An assortment of living flowers protruding on the street edged with virtually identical bright home in southwest Albuquerque. A pot of yellow flowers sits on top of a gray mailbox next to full bouquets. Among the flowers is a white sun helmet with a US Postal Service patch attached to the front. The early memorial is a tribute to Jose Hernandez, a long-term postman and the Army veteran, who was killed in the residential area on Monday. Hernandez, 47, tried to break up a fight between a mother and her teenage son outside their home when the 17-year-old claimed he shot him before escaping from the authorities, the Albuquerque Journal reported . day manhunt ended Wednesday night when Xavier Zamora was found on a residence in southwest Albuquerque and in custody "without incident," Gilbert Gallegos, a spokesman with the Albuquerque Police Department, told Washington Post in an email. Zamora is facing a number of murders and an investigation is underway, Gallegos said. Our detectives worked with the US Postal Inspection Service to locate and arrest the suspect accused of killing a local postman. Thanks to everyone who helped. – Albuquerque Police (@ABQPOLICE) April 25, 2019 Hernandez's death began on Monday afternoon. Hernandez worked his way when he saw Zamora and his mother outside his…


A provisional memorial to honor the postman who was killed in Albuquerque this week. (Adolphe Pierre-Louis / Albuquerque Journal / AP) (Adolphe Pierre-Louis / Albuquerque Journal via AP / Adolphe Pierre-Louis / Albuquerque Journal via AP)

An assortment of living flowers protruding on the street edged with virtually identical bright home in southwest Albuquerque. A pot of yellow flowers sits on top of a gray mailbox next to full bouquets. Among the flowers is a white sun helmet with a US Postal Service patch attached to the front.

The early memorial is a tribute to Jose Hernandez, a long-term postman and the Army veteran, who was killed in the residential area on Monday. Hernandez, 47, tried to break up a fight between a mother and her teenage son outside their home when the 17-year-old claimed he shot him before escaping from the authorities, the Albuquerque Journal reported .

day manhunt ended Wednesday night when Xavier Zamora was found on a residence in southwest Albuquerque and in custody “without incident,” Gilbert Gallegos, a spokesman with the Albuquerque Police Department, told Washington Post in an email. Zamora is facing a number of murders and an investigation is underway, Gallegos said.

Hernandez’s death began on Monday afternoon.

Hernandez worked his way when he saw Zamora and his mother outside his home arguing and intervening, according to the newspaper. Zamora’s mother told police Hernandez went in to help her, but the situation was speeding up, KOAT reported.

Zamora was argued that “became aggressive” against Hernandez, which led the postman to witch his teens, the journal reported, and quoted court records. Zamora pulled into his mother’s house and resurrected with a gun and shot Hernandez in the abdomen, police said, according to CNN.

The authorities say that teens hit back into the house as chaos followed.

Neighbors rushed to help Hernandez, but despite his efforts he died on the spot, the magazine reported. Zamora’s mother also stayed at Hernandez’s side, according to KOAT.

SWAT officers then went down into the neighborhood and thought Zamora would be hiding inside the home. KOAT reporter Brandon Evans said Monday night that the sound of gunfire and “flash bang grenades” could be heard from the direction of the house. Videos later showed damage to the outside of Zamora’s home, including a broken window that was on board. What appeared to be an outdoor lamp had been knocked to the ground near the front walkway.

But the hour-long standoff did not end with Zamora’s arrest. When officials came into the home, adolescents were not there, even though the neighbors said they hadn’t seen him leave, KOAT reported.

When the authorities looked for Zamora, the community mourned for Hernandez’s death.

“Jose was a very very special guy” told a resident KOAT. “He wasn’t your regular mailman.”

Martin Hernandez, one of Hernandez’s brothers, told KRQE, the postman was a father of four who loved superheroes.

“In his mind and in his heart he always believed and did things like a superhero,” said the brothers later, adding: “When we found out that this happened to him, we felt that … if he were to choosing a way to leave the earth would probably do something like that. “

Tributes poured in for Hernandez. A memorial was erected quickly near where he died, with a person who left a note addressed “to a large postman who sacrificed his life for the greater good.” Several miles away, outside the post office where Hernandez worked, balloons and flowers decorated the base of a tree, framing a homemade character reading “Rest in Peace Jose.”

“This tragic shot has shaken our city,” said Albuquerque mayor Tim Keller in a statement Tuesday. “We mourn with the victim’s family and with the entire postal service.”

The post service was “shocked and sad” by Hernandez’s death, said Rod Spurgeon, a spokesman, to CNN. Hernandez had worked for the agency for 12 years, CNN reported.

“We all loved Jose very much,” one of Hernandez’s co-workers, who refused to be named, said curtly to KOAT. “He was a very good guy. We are just very sorry and we handle it as best we can.”

Keller said Tuesday that the city continues to “fight the violence that has had a terrible toll on our society.” statement with a special request for housing.

“Albuquerque, please take a moment in the next few days to personally make sure your local postman knows how much you appreciate them and give them your love and support” said.

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