Two arrested in drive-by shooting death of teen girl

LAS CRUCES, NM (KRQE) – Las Cruces Police have arrested two brothers suspected for their involvement in Saturday morning’s drive-by shooting that resulted in the death of 14-year-old Jocelyn Marrie Trujillo.

Investigators learned that a large group of people were at a party during the morning of Saturday, July 29, at 1421 Monte Vista Ave. Investigators also learned that Trujillo and a 17-year-old friend were party-hopping early Saturday morning, celebrating Trujillo’s recent release from juvenile detention. At some point during the morning, they arrived at the Monte Vista party.

Julio Gutierrez-Barrera, 20, and his 19-year-old brother Alonzo Barrera were also at the party but left around 3:00 a.m. after having a dispute with someone. It’s believed that shortly after leaving, Gutierrez-Barrera was driving his Hyundai Elantra along Monte Vista Avenue when he stopped in front of the house and fired three rounds from a 9mm semiautomatic handgun toward the home.

One of those rounds hit an exterior wall and struck Trujillo who was inside the residence in the back of her head.

Gutierrez-Barrera and his brother then fled.

Police located both brothers at their apartment at 1410 S. Telshor Blvd and fournd the handgun in the glove box of a vehicle belonging to a friend of the brothers.

Julio Gutierrez-Barrera and Alonzo Barrera were both booked into the Dona Ana County Detention Center late Saturday evening. Both are initially being held without bond.

Julio Gutierrez-Barrera is charged with an open count of murder, tampering with evidence and conspiracy to commit a felony. Alonzo Barrera is charged with tampering with evidence and conspiracy to commit a felony. 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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