ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — Five teenagers – all members of a group Albuquerque police called increasingly dangerous as their crimes around the city escalated – have been charged with murder in the death of a carpenter and church deacon who was run down in September as he tried to stop them from stealing his work van.
Hector Aguirre was hanging onto the windshield wipers of his van as five of the teens tried to make off with it one morning in September, according to court records.
Aguirre didn’t let go until one of them pointed a gun at him. But then, instead of fleeing the scene in the van, the teens made one more move.
They put the van in reverse and mowed him down, according to a close family friend of Aguirre’s.
Aguirre was a deacon at the San Jose Parish near Broadway and Gibson, where his wife taught catechism. Together they were raising three boys, ages 13, 15 and 20, according to fellow deacon Raul Talavera.
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