Investigation Continues After Drive-by Shooting in Hobbs

by Victor Lopez
NewsWest 9

HOBBS NM--One woman is dead from gunfire that riddled her home early Friday morning.  The family continues to come to terms with it all, after her son was shot and killed just seven months ago.

For almost a year, 43-year-old Elodia Navarette waited patiently for answers.  Her family can now add her violent death to the list of questions.

"It's not fair.  It's not right.  It's not human to just go around killing people," Navarette's niece, Monica Campos, said.

Family members say Navarette was just starting to get her life back together, after her son, 18-year-old Jacob, was shot and killed, last August.

According to Campos, "My aunt moved here, she hadn't even been here more than a month.  She thought she was moving to a safer home, a safer community.  This goes to show you that these people are heartless.  They'll do it where ever you live.  It doesn't matter."

Hobbs Police are looking for any clue or lead that could help them solve a murder that happened in a most unexpected neighborhood.

"It's actually just a regular, work-a-day, citizen neighborhood.  It's not specifically one of our high crime areas.  As a matter of fact, it's not even in a high crime area of the city," Mike Stone with the Hobbs Police Department, said.

Stone says they're working extra hard to put the pieces together of a puzzle that just seems to keep getting bigger, "The shooting of her son, back in August, the community just doesn't seem to want to cooperate with us.  Well, not the community, but the people who witnessed it and other people who might have information about that.  That's still an open, workable case."

As if adding insult to injury, the Campos family now has more questions than they have answers.

"All we want is for the people of Hobbs, the community of Hobbs and the surrounding area to speak up, if they know anything," Monica said.

They're hoping someone will come forward and bring closure to an already grieving family.

"We're hurting.  We've gone through a lot already.  It's time that somebody's brought to justice," Campos added.

If you have any information on either of these two shootings, you are asked to call Hobbs Police at 575-397-9265 or Crime Stoppers at 575-393-8005.