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Deputies: One killed, another seriously injured in group assault

By: Jesse Martinez
DONA ANA COUNTY, N.M. -- One man was killed and other seriously injured in a New Year's Day brawl, deputies said.

Sal Garces, his brother, Raymond Garces, and two other men forced their way into a home Wednesday in the 600 block of King James Road, officials said.

According to the Dona Ana County Sheriff's Office, the group of men had an unresolved issue with a man that lived on King James Road that stemmed from an incident that happened on New Year's Eve.

Deputies said the man fought back when the men entered his home, and someone inside the residence called 911.

When deputies arrived, Sal Garces, 25, was found on the road with several stab wounds to his torso and blunt force trauma to his head. He died at the scene, officials said.

Nathan Avalos, 19, who was part of the group, was taken to a hospital in El Paso with severe facial injuries. He is reportedly undergoing surgery, officials said.

Raymond Garces, 19, and Leonard Calvillo, 22, were later found and arrested, officials said.

Calvillo was charged with aggravated battery, aggravated burglary, conspiracy to commit aggravated burglary and criminal damage to property. Calvillo, who was on probation, is being held without bail.

Raymong Garces was charged with conspiracy to commit aggravated battery, conspiracy to commit aggravated burglary and criminal damage to property. Garces, who was on an ankle monitor, was booked into the Dona Ana County Detention Center with bail set at $10,000.

Avalos has not been charged, but deputies said the case is under investigation, and additional charges may be pending.



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