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Family, friends mourn death of murder victim in Socorro

Family, friends mourn the death of murder victim in Socorro (Credit: KFOX14)

Family members and friends of a 20-year-old man who police say was stabbed to death by his older brother speak about the brutal death of their loved one.

The murder of Emilio Gonzalez happened Wednesday at a home located on the Tigua Tribe Reservation.

KFOX14 obtained the arrest affidavit detailing the death of Gonzalez, who was murdered by suspect reportedly at the hands of Catalino Romero.

The affidavit shows Gonzalez and Romero were brothers.

Jamie Perez said he had known Emilio since childhood. He couldn’t believe what happened to his friend.

“First thoughts, I couldn't believe it. I am still in denial. It’s still kind of hard to believe,” said Perez,.

Perez says no matter what, Emilio should not have been killed by his brother.

“Blood is always going to be your brother, you know, blood brothers or whatever. It really didn't have to escalate to this point,” said Perez.

Friends of Emilio said he was a great person to be around.

“He was a really motivated guy. He was always the go to-to for anything you needed,” said Gustavo Gomez, who is a close friend.

Sister-in-law Brittany Paiz said her sister is taking it hard, losing her husband.

“I know it’s hard for her, but she has to be strong for her kids,” said Paiz.

Emilio leaves behind two kids and a wife. Paiz said she will do what she can to help her sister out during this difficult time.

“I love her and that I’m always going to be there for the kids no matter what,” said Paiz.

Family and friends hope this incident is a lesson to the community that drugs are never the answer.

“I feel like there is kind of a drug problem on the reservation and I think they, like, the drugs take the best of them and it’s sad it had to end like this,” said Paiz.

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