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What we know after a mother was shot at a graduation ceremony

Police said Victoria Bencomo was shot Wednesday during a high school graduation ceremony at the Albuquerque Convention Center. According to APD, the shooter was his stepson.

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — Police say Victoria Bencomo was shot and killed during a high school graduation ceremony Wednesday at the Albuquerque Convention Center. According to APD, the shooter was his stepson.

The suspect, Cristian Bencomo, 21, was scheduled to appear before a judge Thursday, but court officials say Cristian did not cooperate with MDC agents and missed his first appearance.

Victoria is still in the hospital. Family members say she has undergone several surgeries and is recovering.

“We made it until we graduated – it was really beautiful until it wasn’t,” said Mary Ward, who witnessed the shooting. “They would say, ‘Okay, students, go give the rose to someone who has impacted you or is important to you. I looked at my student, she was coming to the right of me, then I looked to the left, on the other side there was a crowd of people and then there was a loud pop.

Police say Cristian shot his stepmother, Victoria, and the bullet passed through her neck.

“All of a sudden they started shouting, ‘Get down, get down!’ “And it was just overwhelming because this situation is so scary,” Ward said.

Police said witnesses saw Cristian try to kick Victoria after she fell to the ground and that’s when several men attacked him and held him down. ground until the police arrived.

“This incident was isolated between them and their relationship, not a larger issue, it was a domestic situation,” said Gilbert Gallegos, APD spokesperson.

Victoria was taken to UNM Hospital for medical treatment. Her family says she now needs a feeding tube.

While in the hospital, Victoria told police that Cristian didn’t say anything to her before pulling out the gun and that she couldn’t think of any problems between them.

A GoFundMe has been set up to help Victoria during her recovery.

KOB 4 contacted the prosecutor’s office about the case. They said they could not comment on an ongoing case, but indicated it would be taken over by the new gun crimes unit.

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