Car wash raises funds for slain child’s family

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Friends, family and volunteers from the community gathered Saturday morning at Taco Box in Clovis for a car wash to raise money for the family of Carlos Perez. (Staff photo: Sharna Johnson) By Andy Jackson: CNJ staff writer At least 30 school kids from Gattis, Yucca, Cameo, Lockwood and Clovis High schools volunteered their time […]

Homicide suspect being held in isolation

By Marlena Hartz: CNJ staff writer Edward Salas, 21, was arraigned on a murder charge Monday in connection with the shooting death of 10-year-old Carlos Perez. Due to the seriousness of the crime, Salas was advised by Magistrate Judge Richard Hollis to enter no plea until consulting with an attorney. Carlos Perez was shot in […]

Perez, Carlos

Carlos Perez, 10, of Clovis, died Thursjnant Hospital in Lubbock. He was born Sept. 16, 1994, in Portales to Carlos Guerro and Lupe Perez. He was a fifth grade student at Cameo Elementary in Clovis. He is survived by his parents; four sisters, Valerie Perez, Patricia Perez, Araceli Perez and Selena Perez, all of Clovis; […]

No new arrests in connection with shooting

By Kevin Wilson: Freedom Newspapers No new arrests have been made or charges filed in connection with Thursday morning’s fatal shooting of 10-year-old Carlos Perez of Clovis. Noe Torres, 26, one of two men charged with murder in connection with Perez’ death, was still at large late Saturday, according to police. Torres and Edward Salas, […]

Keeping our community safe is group effort

CNJ Editorial This is one of Clovis’ darkest days. A little boy died at 2:30 Thursday morning, shot in his sleep by cowards who, many suspect, were aiming to kill his sleeping brother. Police say someone fired nine shots through the window of a bedroom where Carlos Perez and his brother, 17-year-old Ruben Perez, were […]

Pair charged with murder

By Marlena Hartz: CNJ staff writer Testimony from two juvenile females led to Friday’s arrest of Edward Salas, 21, for the slaying of a 10-year-old Clovis boy, officials said. Police also issued an arrest warrant for Noe Torres, 26, who is also charged with murder in connection with Thursday’s shooting death of Carlos Perez. Torres […]

Shooting stuns neighborhood

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Clovis Police officers Randy Pitcock, left, and James Dutcher patrol the campus of Clovis High School after the dismissal bell Friday afternoon in Clovis. (Staff photo: Eric Kluth) By Marlena Hartz: Freedom Newspapers A wooden board covers Carlos Perez’ bedroom window. Nine bullets pierced through it early Thursday morning; one ended Carlos’ life on the […]

Police: Three arrested in shooting case; none charged

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Waldo Casarez with the Curry County Sheriff Department investigates the scene where10-year-old Carlos Perez was shot Thursday at 1316 W. 15th St. Perez died later at that night at a Lubbock hospital. (Staff photo: Eric Kluth) By Marlena Hartz: CNJ staff writer A 10-year-old Clovis boy, shot in the head while he slept early Thursday, […]

Victim described as budding artist; also loved football

By Marlena Hartz: CNJ staff writer Carlos Perez had a smile that could light up a room and a spirit that won’t be forgotten, said school officials who knew him. The 10-year-old boy was shot in the head early Thursday morning and died about 16 hours later. “I just can’t believe this happened to him,” […]

Schools take precautionary safety measures

By Tonya Garner: CNJ staff writer Campus security was heightened at Clovis schools Thursday after the early-morning shooting of 10-year-old Carlos Perez, who died on Thursday night. A school press release said preliminary reports indicate the incident is gang-related so precautionary measures were taken to ensure the safety of the students. Lt. James Schoeffel, public […]

Hagerman eliminates Melrose

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Melrose’s Brock Graham is fouled by Hagerman’s Allen Pilley during the first half of a Class 1A quarterfinal game. (CNJ staff photo) By Eric Butler: CNJ correspondent BERNALILLO — One thing that postseason opponents have learned about Melrose is not to ever count the Buffaloes out. But, thanks to a big counter-punch from Hagerman in […]

Purple Press staff champions of free press

Letters to the editor My hat is off to the Purple Press staff members who were recently punished for offending, apparently, one or more school administrators. They are to be commended for being members of the only group in the U.S.A. that stands between the citizens and the attempted abuses of power that occur every […]

Chavez, Fabian

Fabian Chavez Services: Have been held. Fabian DeAtocha Chavez, 28, of San Antonio, died Sunday, Feb. 22, 2004, at his home. He was born on Dec. 28, 1975, in Clovis, to Manuel DeAtocha Chavez and Loretta Marie Moreno. He worked for the Clovis News Journal from 1998 until 2003. He moved to San Antonio in […]

Rubio, Richard

Richard Rubio Services: Have been held. Richard Rubio, 50, of Clovis died Friday, Jan. 23, 2004, at his home. He was born Nov. 2, 1953, in San Antonio. He married Lucia Mondragon on Feb. 8, 1975, in Clovis. He was a transportation inspector for the Port of Entry, State of New Mexico. He was a […]

Murillo, Carlos

Carlos Murillo Services: Have been held. Carlos Murillo, 27, of Las Cruces, died Sunday, Jan. 4, 2004, in Clovis. He was born on May 23, 1976, in Los Angeles, to Carlos and Valentina Murillo. He came to Clovis in May 1993. He married Eleisa Loera-Murillo on Jan. 5, 2003, in Las Vegas, Nev. He was […]

Salaz, Juan B.

Salaz, Juan B. Services: Have been held. Juan B. Salaz, 84, of Portales, died Friday, Nov. 7, 2003, at the Heartland Continuing Care Center in Portales. He was born June 6, 1919, in Corazon to Margarita and Jose Salaz. Mr. Salaz grew up in the Las Vegas, N.M., area and graduated from Highlands University as […]

Pena, Carlos

Carlos Pena Services: Have been held. Mr. Carlos Pena, 94, of Portales, died Saturday, Oct. 18, 2003, at Plains Regional Medical Center in Clovis. He was born on March 9, 1909, in Pedernal, to Apolonita and Segundo Padilla. He grew up near Encino. He married Lucinda Lorranega in 1933, in Villanueva. She preceded him in […]

Villa, Manuel

Manuel Villa Services: Have been held. Manuel E. Villa, 23 of Clovis, a construction worker, died Aug. 20, 2003, at University Medical Hospital in Albuquerque. He was born June 5, 1979, in Fort Sumner to Gilbert and Lydia Olivas Villa. He was a lifetime resident of Clovis where and was a cook for Sundance Steakhouse. […]