- Nelson Gallegos Jr., 52, was shot and killed while taking his grandson to school.
- The killer is a truck driver with whom Gallegos Jr. had a confrontation.
- Authorities in Albuquerque, New Mexico, need help identifying the killer.
Nelson Gallegos Jr., a Hispanic who served in the United States armed forces, was killed in a road rage incident. Now the agents of the Homicide Division of the Albuquerque Police Department (APD), in New Mexico, need the help of the community to stop the murderer of Nelson Gallegos Jr.
The now deceased Nelson Gallegos Jr., 52, served in the United States Marine Corps in the ‘Desert War’ armed intervention in August 1991 when US troops together with British military invaded Kuwait to fight for six months with the Iraqi army that had invaded the country.
Nelson Gallegos Jr. is killed by an irate driver
According to the report of the APD Homicide Division agents, consulted by MundoHispánico, last Wednesday, October 6, 2021 at 8:40 in the morning, Nelson Gallegos Jr. was driving his seven-year-old grandson. to the primary scene in the old Old Town neighborhood in downtown Albuquerque. The little boy witnessed the crime.
Nelson Gallegos Jr. was driving, with his grandson sitting in his car on Central Avenue Southwest, in front of the historic restaurant Central Grill and Coffe House, when he got into an argument with the driver of an old gray Chevrolet Silverado pickup. No details are known about the driver of the truck or the reason for the conflict.
The deadly confrontation in downtown Albuquerque
The report of the APD Homicide Division agents details that according to some witnesses Nelson Gallegos Jr. and the man in the truck began to argue heatedly from one car to the other. Other witnesses said Gallegos Jr. and the other man had allegedly had a conflict in a previous encounter at a gas station.
The two men continued driving, in parallel, each in his car confronting each other. At one point the two men stopped their cars to continue arguing. At one point, the irate driver of the Chevrolet truck pulled out a pistol and without a word fired several bullets at Nelson Gallegos Jr.
Dozens of witnesses saw the crime against Nelson Gallegos Jr.
Nelson Gallegos Jr. was badly wounded right in front of the eyes of his seven-year-old grandson who saw his grandfather fall due to the bullets. After the shooting, Nelson Gallegos Jr.’s car stopped right in front of the Central Grill and Coffe House, which already had several customers ready for breakfast in that historic cafe.
The driver of the Chevrolet Silverado pickup, after shooting at Nelson Gallegos Jr., sped off onto Central Avenue Southwest. Several security cameras from various businesses captured images of the truck and which are the key for the authorities to solve the brutal crime against Gallegos Jr.
Security cameras reveal the killer’s truck
Thanks to these videos, the agents of the APD Homicide Division know that in the middle of the confrontation Nelson Gallegos Jr. stops his car and gets out to confront the driver of the Chevrolet Silverado truck, standing next to a window of his rival.
The man in the truck takes advantage of the fact that Nelson Gallegos Jr. is exposed in the street, without cover, and that’s when he takes out his pistol to fire the bullets. Nelson Gallegos Jr. was thrown in the street badly injured while his grandson watched the scene from inside the car. Upon seeing the man fall, several witnesses called the emergency number for help.
No one could save Nelson Gallegos Jr.
However, when the first APD patrolmen arrived at the crime scene, they could no longer do anything for Nelson Gallegos Jr. and he was pronounced dead at the scene. Paradoxically less than a block from the crime, at the corner of Central Avenue Southwest and Rio Grande Boulevard, there is a police substation.
The Old Town area of Albuquerque was full of tourists and employees of various businesses in the area. Many of them decided to speak with the authorities who already have details on the crime and, above all, at least one clear image captured by one of the security cameras in which the Chevrolet Silverado truck is seen.
Nelson Gallegos Jr. a veteran war fighter
According to Gilbert Gallegos, a spokesman for the APD, the area where Nelson Gallegos Jr. died was full of tourists who witnessed the crime, some with first aid training, and they ran to assist the injured while waiting for the authorities. But they could no longer save him. The police spokesperson has no connection to the victim.
Nelson Gallegos Jr., due to his past as a combatant in the United States Marine Corps, was an activist against the free use of firearms among the civilian population. According to his relatives, the man was also a devotee of God and worked in the Bernalillo County Public Water Department in Albuquerque.
“You are a monster and you are a coward”
In the midst of grief Jeannie Gallegos, wife of Nelson Gallegos Jr., spoke to the media in New Mexico on the night of Thursday, October 7, 2021 at the place where her husband was killed during a vigil that brought together dozens of people who knew the murdered man.
Through the media, Jeannie Gallegos spoke directly to her husband’s murderer. “They had to kill him here on this street… shoot him like a dog. All he wanted to do was say the right words to that man, that monster. You are a monster and you are a coward for doing this to my husband, ”said Jeannie Gallegos.
Nelson Gallegos Jr. died on his birthday
Michelle Martínez, the sister of Nelson Gallegos Jr., also spoke to the media and said that in her family they lost “a brother, a son, a husband, a nephew, an uncle and a very dear grandfather,” said the woman in the midst of the commemoration for the death of his brother and that has shaken the Hispanic community of Albuquerque.
The murder of Nelson Gallegos Jr. occurred just on the date of his birthday which adds more pain to his family. “That he passed away on his birthday just breaks our hearts because we couldn’t even say goodbye to him… he can’t even say happy birthday to him. I tried to call him and send him a message, but he didn’t answer me ”said the woman.
“If you don’t pay on land, you will pay somewhere”
Michelle Martínez also sent a message to the murderer of her brother Nelson Gallegos Jr. through the media and asked the man in the gray Chevrolet Silverado truck, which has not yet been identified, to turn himself in to the agents. of the APD Homicide Division.
“If you’re out there and you’re listening… you can see me and you can hear me. I want you to know that in my family we have prayed to forgive you… We know that if you don’t pay here on earth, you will pay somewhere. So surrender yourself so that the lesser of two evils can happen ”, Michelle Martínez told the murderer of Nelson Gallegos Jr.
Nelson Gallegos Jr., one more victim of gun violence
The murder of Hispanic Nelson Gallegos Jr. in Albuquerque, New Mexico, is just one more link in the violence with guns. The non-profit organization National Archive of Gun Violence reports that so far this year 34,675 people have already been shot dead.
As of Sunday, October 10, 2o21 of those people who have been shot dead in the United States, a total of 15,997 were murdered and 18,678 committed suicide. 31,969 have been injured. The country already experienced 554 mass shootings in the first half of the year, where several people died in the same event.
Nelson Gallegos Jr. is killed by an irate driver
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