Popular New Mexico guitarist was shot and killed in 2019, two suspect arrested this month

Source: Albuquerque police; MEGA

Mar. 20 2022, Published 4:49 p.m. ET

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A well-known guitarist in New Mexico was gunned down. Now, police say they arrested two suspects in the case.

DeAndre Garcia was shot to death in October 2019, according to Albuquerque police.

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Investigators recently identified two suspects after newly discovered cellular evidence, according to police. In February, warrants were issued for Jose Angel Marquez and Gilbert Salazar.

On Feb. 11, police interviewed Marquez at a police station in Kansas City, Kansas.

Marquez told police he and three other men went to an Albuquerque apartment and fired shots into the door, where Garcia was later found dead, police said. Marquez said he moved to Kansas in 2000.

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Salazar’s ex-girlfriend was with Garcia on the day of the homicide, said Salazar made threats on her life. Later, two men in dark-colored clothes and red bandanas covering their faces were chasing her as she ran into her apartment, she told police.


Garcia’s death was featured on an episode of “Duke City Case Files,” and it featured his life as a guitarist.

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On March 15, 2022, Salazar was arrested during a traffic stop in Albuquerque.

Both suspects were charged with an open count of murder and conspiracy.

Source: Albuquerque police; MEGA

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