Albuquerque family searches for killer two years later

ALBUQUERQUE (KRQE) – More than two years have passed and the man accused of stabbing his neighbor to death over a barking dog is still on the loose, but the victim’s family hasn’t given up hope.

“It’s heart wrenching. It’s horrible. There is no peace. There is no closure,” said Michael Sanchez’s Aunt Elizabeth Sanchez Lucero.

The family of Michael Sanchez still struggles with his death.

“Each and everyone of us, if we didn’t have each other to hold each other up I don’t know where we would be,” said Lucero.

Sanchez was 27-years-old when Albuquerque police said his neighbor, Ricardo Villanueva-Cordova, stabbed him 28 times at a West Central gas station in June 2013.

Villanueva-Cordova took off after the murder, which authorities said was sparked by a long-time barking dog dispute.

He hasn’t been seen since.

“It’s devastating. It really is. To know this man is having another birthday, is having another Christmas, is having a meal, is sleeping in a warm bed while my son is very cold in a grave,” said Lucero.

Lucero, who cared for Sanchez during his teen years, is pushing harder than ever to catch the man responsible for his death.

Lucero posts wanted flyers on Facebook and Twitter everyday.

She’s hired a sketch artist to create dozens of photos of what Villanueva-Cordova may look like now.

She is also trying to increase the reward for his capture.

“Obviously, the $1,000 anonymous reward from Crime Stoppers and the $2,000 we have in the Michael Sanchez reward fund is not enough money to purchase the tip that we need,” she said.

A tip, the family so desperately wants too.

“It’s for Michael. We need justice for Michael,” said Lucero.

Villanueva-Cordova was charged with first degree murder and kidnapping in 2014.

After the killing, police said he fled to Mexico.

Federal authorities are helping work the case. 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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