New Mexico

27 years later, search for bowling alley massacre suspects continues

LAS CRUCES, New Mexico - The Las Cruces Police Department is still searching for the suspects of the Las Cruces bowling alley massacre now in its 27th anniversary.

The mass-shooting on Feb. 10, 1990 is considered one of the most disturbing crimes in Las Cruces' history.

Two gunmen opened fire at seven people -- four children and three adults. Four of them died.

The three others survived, but one died several years later from complications related to her injuries.

The sketches above show what the suspects probably look like today and how their appearance was back then.

It was shortly after 8 a.m. that day when police officers arrived to what was then known as Las Cruces Bowl at 1201 E. Amador Ave. 

Officers found three victims already dead: 26-year-old Steven Teran, his 6-year-old daughter Paula Holguin, and 13-year-old Amy Hauser.

Police found Teran’s 2-year-old daughter, Valerie Teran, fighting for her life. She later died at a local hospital.

Wounded during the shooting were 12-year-old Melissa Repass, her 37-year-old mother Stephanie Senac, and 33-year-old Ida Holguin.

They were taken to nearby hospitals and survived.

Investigators said they believe the suspects stole about $5,000 in cash from the business.

Police also said the suspect started a fire at an office as an attempt to destroy evidence.

The suspects are Hispanic with dark complexions. Both suspects were said to speak fluent English.

Las Cruces Crime Stoppers offers a $25,000 reward for information that helps identify the men responsible for the shooting.

Anyone with information can call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477) or send a tip by text message to CRIMES (274637) with the keyword LCTIPS.

You don't have to give your name to collect a reward.


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