Roswell Police: 2 homicides, no suspects

Roswell Police

ROSWELL, N.M. (KRQE) – There have been two homicides in Roswell since mid-August and still no arrests have been made. Police said they don’t know who the killers are.

The latest murder happened Sunday morning. Roswell police won’t release many details, but the residents said they’re stunned this has happened again.

“He was a very nice person,” said Billy Weber. “I liked him. My family liked him. They talked with him and everything.”

Weber lives just a few houses down from Sunday’s victim, Pablo Ibarra. Monday, the idea of him not being home after being murdered still haunts her.

Investigators said the found 48-year-old, a New Mexico Military Institute employee dead in his home around 7 a.m. Sunday.

Police said another neighbor heard strange noises coming form Ibarra’s duplex and called for help.

“It kind of startled me. I never thought it would happen on my street,” said Weber.

Neighbors said Ibarra, who was a groundskeeper at NMMI for more than 20-years, was known as the neighborhood mechanic. They said he was always willing to help someone in need.

“It’s going to kind of seem weird not seeing him working on cars because he always fixes people’s cars,” said Weber.

This is the second homicide in Roswell in the last three weeks. Police said they don’t know who the killer or killers are in either case.

That has residents worried.

“I just hope they find whoever it is because who knows what they’ll do to somebody else,” said Weber.

A few weeks ago police found Adela Sanchez-Montoya dead inside her home. Montoya’s family said she was brutally murdered in her bathtub.

KRQE News 13 contacted NMMI Monday about Ibarra’s death, officials didn’t return our calls.

Police have not released a cause of death in either homicide case.

They also won’t say if these were random attacks or not. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Users who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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