High school football player arrested for allegedly murdering teammate at New Year’s Eve party

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Jan. 3 2022, Published 3:44 p.m. ET

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A high school football player has been arrested in connection to the death of a 17-year-old at a New Year’s Eve party, police in New Mexico said.

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New Mexico State Police say 18-year-old Joaquin Sanchez shot and killed Joshua Vigil following an altercation at a party at Sanchez’s home, the Santa Fe New Mexican reported.

Around 10:20 p.m. on Dec. 31, officers in the Las Vegas, New Mexico, area responded to a call about a shooting victim, according to the Santa Fe New Mexican.

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Officers found Vigil dead inside the home, according to the Albuquerque Journal.


Sanchez was taken into custody without incident and was booked into the San Miguel County Detention Center on Jan. 1, the Santa Fe New Mexican reported. Police did not say what led to the altercation between the teammates.

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He has been charged with second-degree murder and negligent use of a deadly weapon, according to the Santa Fe New Mexican.

A message posted by the West Las Vegas Public School’s football team’s Twitter account Saturday night referenced a “horrible tragedy,” the Santa Fe New Mexican reported.

A search of the high school’s football records and reports lists Sanchez and Vigil as football players for the school, according to the Santa Fe New Mexican.


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