Body in street sparks mixed reviews of neighborhood

ALBUQUERQUE (KRQE) – Neighbors are freaked out after they woke up to find a body in their street. Police aren’t calling it murder yet but some people in that neighborhood are saying enough is enough.

The Office of the Medical Investigator was on the scene of a southeast Albuquerque neighborhood near Four Hills Thursday morning where police say a man was found dead in the street just before 6:00 a.m.

“It’s hitting way too close to home now,” said neighbor Amber Gadlin.

APD Violent Crimes detectives were combing the bloody scene near Singing Arrow and Dorado, interviewing neighbors hoping to learn more about what happened. Police still don’t know much and are calling the death suspicious. The man has not been identified.

“He’s approximately 30 years old and he is a black male,” APD spokesman Tanner Tixier said.

A man walking his dog spotted the body.

KRQE News 13 spoke with neighbors who are on edge. They say cops are constantly out in their neighborhood.

“It makes me really nervous just because anything could happen at any time,” Gadlin said. “You may not have anything to do with anything that’s going on and you could end up getting hurt yourself.”

Many other neighbors have similar stories of crime out here in the area. One man told News 13 he plans on moving out within the next few weeks. Others say it really isn’t all that bad.

“This is a pretty mellow neighborhood right here where I live,” one man said, who lives just a few houses down from where the body was found.

He says his neighborhood gets a bad rap.

“Albuquerque is full of crime. There’s crime everywhere.”

Either way, it’s not something they want to see when they look outside.

“There are a lot of people around here with kids and everything like that and we don’t want a kid to be the next one on the side of the street,” Gadlin said.

There was talk out at the scene that the man had been shot in the head. Police say that’s not true. They are waiting on an autopsy to see what killed him. A few neighbors told News 13 the home near where the body was found is a known hang out for drug users. APD says that home has kept officers busy in the past. 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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