An assortment of vibrant flowers stand out on the street lined with virtually identical light-colored homes in southwest Albuquerque. A yellow flower blossoms can be found on top of a gray mailbox next to full bouquets. Among the flowers rests a white sun helmet with a US
The makeshift memorial is a tribute to Jose Hernandez, a longtime postal worker and veteran of the Army, who was killed in the residential neighborhood on Monday. Hernandez, 47, was trying to break up a fight between her mother and her teenage son outside their home when the 17-year-old allegedly shot him before escaping from the authorities, the Albuquerque Journal  day manhunt came to an end Wednesday night when Xavier Zamora was found at a residence in southwest Albuquerque and taken into custody "without incident," Gilbert Gallegos, a spokesperson with the Albuquerque Police Department, told The Washington Post in an email.
The events that led to Hernandez's death began Monday afternoon
Hernandez was working his way when he spotted Zamora and his mother outside their home arguing and intervening, according to the Journal. Zamora's mother told police Hernandez stepped in to help her, but the situation swiftly escalated, KOAT reported.
Zamora allegedly "became aggressive" towards Hernandez, prompting the postman to make the teen, the Journal reported, citing court records. Zamorah retreated inside his mother's house, and then re-emerged with a shot and shot of Hernandez in the abdomen, police said, according to CNN
Authorities say the teen dashed back into the house as chaos ensued. to help Hernandez, but despite their efforts, he died at the scene, the Journal reported. Zamora's mother also stayed on Hernandez's side, according to KOAT.
SWAT officers then descended on the neighborhood, believing Zamora to be hiding inside the residence. KOAT reporter Brandon Evans said Monday night that the sound of gunfire and "flash-bang grenades" could be heard coming from the direction of the house. Videos later showed damage to the exterior of Zamora's home, including a shattered window that was boarded up.
But the hours-long standoff did not end with Zamora's arrest. When the officers entered the home, the teen was not there, even though the neighbors said they had not seen him leave, KOAT reported
"Jose was a very special guy, "one resident told KOAT. "He was not your ordinary mailman."
Martin Hernandez, one of Hernandez's brothers, told KRQE the letter carrier was a father of four who loved superheroes
"In his mind and in his heart, he always thought and did things like a superhero, "the brother said, later adding," When we found out that this happened to him, we felt that … if he was to choose a way to leave this earth, it would probably be doing something like that. "
Tributes poured in for Hernandez. A memorial was swiftly erected near where he died, with one person leaving a note addressed to "a great mail carrier who sacrificed his life for the better good." Several miles away, outside the post office where Hernandez worked, balloons and flowers decorated the
"This tragic shooting has shaken our city," Albuquerque Mayor Tim Keller said in a statement Tuesday. "The Postal Service was" shocked and saddened "by Hernandez's death, Rod Spurgeon, and a spokesperson, told CNN," We are grieving with the family of the victim, and with the whole postal service family. " Hernandez had worked for the agency for 12 years, CNN reported.
"We all loved Jose very much," one of Hernandez's co-workers, who declined to be named, tearfully told KOAT. "He was a very good guy. "
Keller said Tuesday that the city will continue to" fight against gun violence that has taken a terrible burden on our community. "The Mayor
"Albuquerque, please take some time in the next few days to personally make sure your local letter carrier knows how much you appreciate them, and give them your love and support," he
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