Newspaper article Charleston Gazette Mail

Police: Man Admits to Road-Rage Killing of New Mexico Girl

Newspaper article Charleston Gazette Mail

Police: Man Admits to Road-Rage Killing of New Mexico Girl

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ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. - A man confessed to fatally shooting a 4-year- old girl while arguing with her father as the men drove down a freeway in separate vehicles, police said, without offering more details on what led to the apparent road-rage slaying. Tony Torrez, 32, was arrested Wednesday and admitted shooting Lilly Garcia while she was riding in the backseat of her father's pickup truck with her 7-year-old brother, police said. He has been charged with murder, assault, child abuse and other crimes.

The children's father had picked them up from school Tuesday when someone in another vehicle opened fire on the family as they traveled on Interstate 40, Albuquerque's main east-west freeway.

The father told authorities that he was trying to exit the freeway when a car forced him out of his lane, a police statement said.

"The two drivers exchanged words when Torrez pulled out a gun and shot at the red truck driven by Lilly's father," the statement continued. "Lilly was hit at least once in the head."

The father pulled over and tried to give his daughter first aid as a bystander called 911.

The little girl's grandfather said the attack left the family deep in mourning.

"They really have to do something about this. It's a problem," Jose Garcia said Thursday, referring to gun violence.

He spoke to The Associated Press in Spanish as he stood outside the family home, which is just south of the highway where the shooting occurred in a newly developed area of west Albuquerque near a park.

Television crews were also outside the home that appeared crowded with visitors seeking interviews with the mother and father.

After the shooting, a man alerted a dispatcher to "an adult holding an unresponsive child," according to a roughly minute-long call released by police.

Two nurses tried to save the girl's life before an ambulance rushed her to the hospital, where she died, Albuquerque Police Chief Gorden Eden said. …

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