Clovis mother mourns son killed in Iraq

By Andy Jackson: CNJ staff writer A Clovis mom knew it was possible her son could die in service to his country, but she tried not to think about it. Brenda Robertson’s worst fear was realized Tuesday when she said she learned her eldest son, Army Pfc. Rick Salas Jr., 22, was killed in Iraq. […]

In death, teen gave life

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Donna Durham, right, received a kidney from Wilfred Salas, son of Velma Valdez. Salas was shot and killed earlier this year. Durham is holding up a shirt with his photo. (Staff photo: Marlena Hartz) By Marlena Hartz: CNJ staff writer In life, he did not follow a straight and narrow path. In death, Wilfred Salas […]

Salas, Wilfred

Wilfred Reyes Salas, 19, of Clovis, died Sunday, Jan. 15, 2006, at Covenant Medical Center in Lubbock. He was born Oct. 26, 1986, to Wilfred and Velma Quintana Salas in Portales. He worked as a milker at a local dairy. He was preceded in death by his grandfather, Demetrio Salas; and cousin, Richard Salas. Survivors […]

Witness: Disrespect inspired shooting

By Andy Jackson: CNJ staff writer A witness to Clovis’ most recent homicide told police he saw Robert Macias shoot at Wilfred Salas’ car at least two times just before Salas was killed, court records show. Salas, 19, was killed by a single shot to his head on Jan. 15. Macias is charged with an […]

Clovis man charged in teen’s slaying

By Rick White: CNJ managing editor A 30-year-old Clovis man already in custody in connection with a Christmas shooting was charged Thursday with an open count of murder for the Jan. 15 slaying of 19-year-old Wilfred Salas Jr., according to the district attorney’s office. Police say Robert Macias fired multiple shots from the front yard […]

Family planning benefit concert

By David Stevens: CNJ Editor Friends and family of Clovis’ latest homicide victim have planned a concert next weekend and it has two missions: Help offset hospital bills and funeral costs for Wilfred Salas’ mother and, according to one of its organizers, “to stop the violence.” “We’re trying to make something positive from what happened […]

Fatal shooting investigation continues

CNJ staff No charges have been filed in connection with Sunday morning’s slaying of 19-year-old Wilfred Salas Jr., who was found shot in the head in his vehicle, according to Clovis police. Police said they have identified a “person of interest” in the case, but no arrests have been made. Salas was the only occupant […]

Year in review: Number of homicides down sharply

By Andy Jackson: CNJ staff writer Curry and Roosevelt counties recorded three homicides each in 2005 — only half the number seen in the 9th Judicial District in 2004, but several touched large segments of area communities because the victims were well known and included three senior citizens and a 10-year-old boy. Officials said the […]

Trial of three brothers postponed

By Andy Jackson: CNJ staff writer The murder trial of three brothers charged in connection with a 10-year-old boy’s death will be postponed so that attorneys can receive and review forensic evidence. Prosecutor Andrea Reeb asked District Court Judge Joe Parker to push back the trial that had been scheduled for next month to at […]

Salas, Richard

Richard Salomon Salas, 40, of Clovis, died Monday, Oct. 3, 2005, at Plains Regional Medical Center. He was born June 10, 1965, in Clovis to Jose Guadalupe and Alice Sena Salas. He was a contractor who specialized in Southwest design. He was a member of Son of the Legionnaires and American Legion Post 25. Family […]