Man killed in Christmas Day murder-suicide suffered from PTSD, court documents say

According to court documents, the father found dead inside a Rio Rancho home with his wife and their two sons had just retired from the Army and was suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder.

Rio Rancho police found Carlos Velasquez, 50; Marilyn Velasquez, 45; Robert Velasquez, 22; and Adrian Velasquez, 14, dead inside the family’s Rio Rancho home on Christmas Day.

All four had been shot to death. According to a search warrant, the gun was found underneath Carlos Velasquez’s body. Those documents say the couple was going through a divorce.

“It hurts me to see or hear all the screaming and the crying and the people that they’ve lost, just to see that was very heartbreaking for me and my family,” said a neighbor who wants to remain anonymous.

She and other neighbors say the Northern Meadows subdivision is a very safe place.

“It’s always been calm, there’s no problems ever, this is the safest neighborhood that I’ve ever lived in,” the neighbor said.

The youngest victim, Adrian Velasquez, was a freshman at Cleveland High School.

On Thursday Rio Rancho Public School sent out a statement to students’ parents, saying in part, “We extend our heartfelt sympathy to Adrian’s extended family and friends for their profound loss. We believe that some students may be affected by this news… We encourage you to be especially sensitive and prepared to offer support to your child during this time.”

School officials tell KOAT Adrian Velasquez played soccer and was in the band.


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