Mail carrier murder case goes federal, neighbors discuss teen’s arrest

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (KRQE) – The case against Xavier Zamora, the teen who police say shot and killed mail carrier Jose ‘Pepe’ Hernandez on Monday, is headed to federal court.

What charges he faces, however, remain unclear. The U.S. Attorney’s Office in New Mexico sent KRQE News 13 this statement Thursday:

In the federal judicial system, juvenile delinquency proceedings are sealed and are safeguarded from disclosure from unauthorized persons, including the media.

Zamora was arrested late Wednesday night, after being on the run since the shooting.

He was found hiding out in a home on Whisper Pointe Street SW. It’s about five minutes from where Hernandez was shot and killed.

In speaking with a nearby neighbor, KRQE News 13 was told teens are constantly coming and going from the property.

“I kind of suspected, those of us here, suspected that something was eventually going to happen and it did,” an anonymous neighbor said. “It was just a matter of time that something was eventually going to happen.”

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