Most of the homicides that occur in Roswell stem from two potential sources, domestic disputes or revenge killings. As Police Chief Phil Smith said in a recent Police Committee meeting: “Killings in Roswell are not random events.”
Most subjects know their victims and the victims know their attacker. In 2013, the City of Roswell and Chaves County have recorded a total of 11 homicides so far. Of these, one was the result of a domestic. The remaining nine are believed to be vendettas.
Revenge killings are not unique to Roswell or New Mexico. They are a nationwide problem, often part of gang wars.
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