Police investigating Texico death

CNJ staff photo: Tony Bullocks Clovis police Lt. Roger Grah and Dan Blair, an investigator with the district attorney’s office stand in front of a residence where a homicide occurred Tuesday night in Texico.

By Sharna Johnson

A man killed Tuesday night in Texico was shot during a robbery attempt, according to the Curry County Sheriff’s Office.

Elvin Osmin Orellanna Rivera was a Honduran national working for an area dairy, District Attorney Matt Chandler said.

Officials estimated his age as late teens or 20s.

Police were called to the 500 block of Florence Street around 7:30 p.m. for a report of a deceased male, records show.

Witnesses at the scene told police two men entered the residence and robbed them at gun point.

At the same time, another group of two or three suspects assaulted the occupants next door.

During the robbery, one victim was battered and Rivera was shot, the release said.

The suspects were described as Hispanic males. One was wearing a black vest with a long-sleeved undershirt, the others were reported to be wearing hoodie jackets.

All were described as medium build and one was described as obese.

Undersheriff Wesley Waller declined to comment on the number of times Rivera was shot or the caliber of the weapon.

Police have not located the firearm, he said.

Rivera was an illegal immigrant, Chandler said, and police have been working closely with Border Patrol to identify all subjects involved in the case.

Seven other Hondurans have been classified as victims and witnesses in the case, Chandler said. Because of their illegal residency status, they have been detained.

Investigators were still processing evidence at the scene on Wednesday.

Rivera was living in a trailer along with five others, Chandler said, and two others from Honduras were living in an adjacent trailer on the same lot.

“The major crimes unit and local law enforcement agencies are going to be working around the clock to apprehend the individuals responsible for this homicide,” Chandler said.

Though no arrests had been made by mid-day, search warrants had been served at undisclosed locations and “fruitful evidence” has been gathered, he said.

Chandler would not say if the crime was random, nor would he discuss cause of death.

“To protect the integrity of the investigation, there will be limited details released at this time,” Chandler said. But he did say individuals at the scene were treated for minor injuries.

Efforts to reach Texico Police Chief Doug Bowman have been unsuccessful.

Anyone with information about these crimes are urged to contact the Curry County Sheriff’s Office at 769-2335 or the Curry County Crime Stoppers at 763-7000.

A neighbor’s perspective:

Vonnie McIntosh said she had seen the buzz of law-enforcement activity at the residence next door to her but knew little about what happened Tuesday night.

McIntosh said the two trailer homes next door were rental properties and there were several people occupying the homes.

A 55-year resident of Florence Street, McIntosh said she has watched the neighborhood where she grew up deteriorate over the years.

She described it as a “rough” neighborhood.

“I’m not surprised that it came to this, I’m really not. I’m sure it’s like a lot of other neighborhoods that have been destroyed. It’s very sad,” she said.