Friends, neighbors in shock over fatal shooting of Albuquerque postal worker

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (KRQE) – Postal customers, friends and family are remembering an Albuquerque mail carrier who was killed Monday after trying to break-up a fight between a mom and her teen son.

Albuquerque Police confirmed Tuesday 47-year old Jose Hernandez, a USPS mail carrier, was shot to death in a neighborhood near 98th Street and Tower Road.

The suspect accused in the shooting, 17-year old Xavier Zamora, is now facing an open count of murder but hasn’t been arrested in the case. Police say Zamora is still on the run.

The shooting happened around 4:30 p,m. Monday in the Sunrise Meadow neighborhood in southwest Albuquerque.

Dozens of people created and added to a memorial for Hernandez on Tuesday, outside the home where the deadly shooting took place. One handwritten message recognizes Hernandez for bravery helping a mother in need.

Neighbors who knew Hernandez are in shock.

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