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There are 34 comments on the Las Cruces Sun-News story from Apr 16, 2010, titled "Person of interest" questioned in triple homicide investigatio.... In it, Las Cruces Sun-News reports that:

A "person of interest" has been questioned in the investigation into a triple homicide at an upscale home near Mesilla, according to sources close to the investigation who are not authorized to speak publicly.

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Ella

Albuquerque, NM

#1 Apr 16, 2010
Ashley, despite some of the ridiculous comments on earlier updates for this story, I think you are, once again, providing a fantastic level of journalism in the way you are following the events of this incident. Don't let the "haters" get you down. Some commentors earlier insinuated you were behaving like the National Enquirer by following up obvious leads and reporting them to the community--that was wrong. Your facts informed a community that needed to know the "Who, What, When, Where and How's" of what had just happened in their own back yard. Thanks you.
Your conscientious dedication to being a good journalist may end up being the only good thing to come out of the obviously tragic deaths of these three people. Whoever killed them needs to be arrested and prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law, and yet you are already laying the ground work for a story that helps people understand the complex nature of crime by describing the victims, the "person of interest", and the reactions of people who actually knew them. It's such an important and often overlooked role for journalists. Thanks for your hard work.

Since: May 09

Location hidden

#2 Apr 16, 2010
How long is Sheriff Garrison going to allow his Undersheriff Chuck "Cantinflas" Franco to release information to the media prematurely. I can understand the Sun News wants to sell papers but we are talking about information being released that could assist the killer or killers escape justice. Each time that there is a case of this magnitude some unauthorized person close to the investigation releases confidential information to the press.
LCNM

Las Cruces, NM

#4 Apr 16, 2010
Ella wrote:
Ashley, despite some of the ridiculous comments on earlier updates for this story, I think you are, once again, providing a fantastic level of journalism in the way you are following the events of this incident. Don't let the "haters" get you down. Some commentors earlier insinuated you were behaving like the National Enquirer by following up obvious leads and reporting them to the community--that was wrong. Your facts informed a community that needed to know the "Who, What, When, Where and How's" of what had just happened in their own back yard. Thanks you.
Your conscientious dedication to being a good journalist may end up being the only good thing to come out of the obviously tragic deaths of these three people. Whoever killed them needs to be arrested and prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law, and yet you are already laying the ground work for a story that helps people understand the complex nature of crime by describing the victims, the "person of interest", and the reactions of people who actually knew them. It's such an important and often overlooked role for journalists. Thanks for your hard work.
RIGHT ON! My thoughts exactly. You're brave to voice them here in the land of the nameless cowards.
Truth Seeker

Los Alamos, NM

#6 Apr 16, 2010
Questions (I honestly don't have all the answers):
Is this in fact the biggest homicide since the bowling alley?
Isn't it kinda simple for any citizen to figure out the occupants of a house in LC (2600 block, photo of house, talkative neighbors, voting records, etc.)?
Aren't people scheduled for court hearings/auctions a matter of public record?
Are wildfire rumors preferable over fact-based news ooverage?
A whole neighborhood is mourning this couple, but a whole city is told to mind its own business. Is that okay? I'm just asking.
I have compassion for the family members. I don't know how long is appropriate to hold back identification for a city the crime takes place in. Would 3 months be too long?
Six weeks? Two? Just asking.
Are you kidding

Farmington, NM

#7 Apr 17, 2010
Of course we should know the information. There is a murderer out there and they are to keep it hush hush. That is stupid. The person who did this could be anyone of our neighbors.
Yes

Las Cruces, NM

#8 Apr 17, 2010
Truth Seeker wrote:
Isn't it kinda simple for any citizen to figure out the occupants of a house in LC (2600 block, photo of house, talkative neighbors, voting records, etc.)?
Aren't people scheduled for court hearings/auctions a matter of public record?
Are wildfire rumors preferable over fact-based news ooverage?
A whole neighborhood is mourning this couple, but a whole city is told to mind its own business. Is that okay? I'm just asking.
I have compassion for the family members. I don't know how long is appropriate to hold back identification for a city the crime takes place in. Would 3 months be too long?
Six weeks? Two? Just asking.
This. Exactly.
Concealed Identity

Florence, AL

#9 Apr 17, 2010
Anyone who is capable of using a computer can look up the property tax records on Dona Ana County Website and see you lives on the "2600 block of Mesilla Hills Drive". There is only one house on the 2600 block, and the owners names are listed: Gilles Delisle and Helga. I did this on the day the sun news listed the story as "breaking".
onetinsoldier

Glendale, AZ

#10 Apr 17, 2010
Well, the million dollar question, who pulled the trigger? While the fee for their(hitman) services probably was a lot less, with the surplus of scum-bucket candidates there in the shady little town of LC, not to mention the overflow from up north and the armpit just south of the border, this should be a interesting and difficult investigation for local law enforcement. Good luck and God bless the families of the victims.

Everytime Arietta opens his mouth with this case, the more he shows that he's qualified to work over at the DA's office. What a buffoon!
friendoftheDelis les

Albuquerque, NM

#11 Apr 18, 2010
I really don't care how this story was reported.
What I care about is that one of the immediate family of the Delisle's found out about the deaths by reading it in his local paper before friends of the family could call him. There are some things you shouldn't hear about from the internet or your local newspaper.
Yes, people can look up the records and speculate about the people who were shot on message boards, whatever. But at least the family wouldn't have to read about the deaths in the paper over their morning coffee.
These three people will be sorely missed.

“Your DQCC Limit is Maxed!”

Since: Sep 08

In Utero (originally)

#12 Apr 18, 2010
Truth Seeker wrote:
Questions (I honestly don't have all the answers):
Is this in fact the biggest homicide since the bowling alley?
Isn't it kinda simple for any citizen to figure out the occupants of a house in LC (2600 block, photo of house, talkative neighbors, voting records, etc.)?
Aren't people scheduled for court hearings/auctions a matter of public record?
Are wildfire rumors preferable over fact-based news ooverage?
A whole neighborhood is mourning this couple, but a whole city is told to mind its own business. Is that okay? I'm just asking.
I have compassion for the family members. I don't know how long is appropriate to hold back identification for a city the crime takes place in. Would 3 months be too long?
Six weeks? Two? Just asking.
Concealed Identity wrote:
Anyone who is capable of using a computer can look up the property tax records on Dona Ana County Website and see you lives on the "2600 block of Mesilla Hills Drive". There is only one house on the 2600 block, and the owners names are listed: Gilles Delisle and Helga. I did this on the day the sun news listed the story as "breaking".
The point I have always made since my first comment

http://www.topix.com/forum/source/las-cruces-...

(ion the intial forum related to this matter) which was removed was: Although one can do a Google search of the area, do a property search, or speak to the neighborhood...the fact remains that DASO requested refraining from releasing the identities until the victim's family members were notified. They should be able to learn about it privately rather than from a newspaper article just because a "reporter" can't show restraint all in an effort to break the story first. The victims & their families deserve that kind of empathy and respect. Ms. Meeks would have shown true professionalism in waiting until Friday, upon DASO releasing the names of the victims. Being that the crime occurred on WED, 1.5 days wasn't too long a delay by DASO in releasing the names of the victims in an effort to notify the family appropriately.

Several people rebuked Ms. Meeks for her rush to reveal the identities, as can be seen in the numerous censored comments directed at her. Worse is that most of the comments were not worthy of being censored.

Although I am no longer a victim's advocate, I will still advocate for the rights of the victims and their families & loved ones...more importantly, I will still advocate for decency!
Get a clue

Las Cruces, NM

#14 Apr 18, 2010
To Bianca wrote:
Yes Bianca this story is all about you. How good of a person you are and how hard you worked as a victim's advocate. We should all bow down & worship before Your Rules, for You are truly the bearer of standards in this land.
Why don't you go take a reading class and learn how to understand written words? The only person making it about the former advocate is you and your many personalities. You should get psychiatric help. Obsession and stalking are reasons #2 & #3 that you should consider it, and next will be #4 denial.
Concealed Identity

Las Cruces, NM

#15 Apr 18, 2010
To Bianca wrote:
Yes Bianca this story is all about you. How good of a person you are and how hard you worked as a victim's advocate. We should all bow down & worship before Your Rules, for You are truly the bearer of standards in this land.
You seem hell bent on making up your own stories in order to inflate your little ego. Why is that?
Rick

Redmond, WA

#16 Apr 18, 2010
To Bianca wrote:
Yes Bianca this story is all about you. How good of a person you are and how hard you worked as a victim's advocate. We should all bow down & worship before Your Rules, for You are truly the bearer of standards in this land.
So commet #11 means nothing to you? No because it verifies that SB's point was made by someone who personally knew the victims and their family.

Go back to the other forum where you began your attack on SB. She left you a message, and so did someone else.
just wondering

Roswell, NM

#17 Apr 18, 2010
friendoftheDelisles wrote:
I really don't care how this story was reported.
What I care about is that one of the immediate family of the Delisle's found out about the deaths by reading it in his local paper before friends of the family could call him. There are some things you shouldn't hear about from the internet or your local newspaper.
Yes, people can look up the records and speculate about the people who were shot on message boards, whatever. But at least the family wouldn't have to read about the deaths in the paper over their morning coffee.
These three people will be sorely missed.
so the NEWSpaper is wrong for writing about LOCAL news??? A triple homicide isn't newsworthy???
Ella

Albuquerque, NM

#18 Apr 18, 2010
Sarcastic Bombastic wrote:
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<quoted text>
The point I have always made since my first comment
http://www.topix.com/forum/source/las-cruces-...
(ion the intial forum related to this matter) which was removed was: Although one can do a Google search of the area, do a property search, or speak to the neighborhood...the fact remains that DASO requested refraining from releasing the identities until the victim's family members were notified. They should be able to learn about it privately rather than from a newspaper article just because a "reporter" can't show restraint all in an effort to break the story first. The victims & their families deserve that kind of empathy and respect. Ms. Meeks would have shown true professionalism in waiting until Friday, upon DASO releasing the names of the victims. Being that the crime occurred on WED, 1.5 days wasn't too long a delay by DASO in releasing the names of the victims in an effort to notify the family appropriately.
Several people rebuked Ms. Meeks for her rush to reveal the identities, as can be seen in the numerous censored comments directed at her. Worse is that most of the comments were not worthy of being censored.
Although I am no longer a victim's advocate, I will still advocate for the rights of the victims and their families & loved ones...more importantly, I will still advocate for decency!
Just to let you know know, I also was a victims advocate in the past, so to a point, I agree with you.

However, it is not Ms. Meeks job as a reporter to meet only the needs of one segment of the community. This was a situation in she had to balance what is generally considered a courtesy to law enforcement with what was obviously being spread through a grapevine by neighbors and other's in the know who openly came to her with information. That and the obviousness of the address, the fact that two people who never showed to a court hearing happened to be named the same name as the occupants of the house, and so on--the story told itself.

She had the journalistic discretion to state the obvious and prevent distortions of the facts from spreading, and I give her the benefit of the doubt she acted in good faith. When something important happens and your government wants to hide or withhold information from you, the public, because of it's own interests, you really hope journalists like Ms. Meeks will side with the public, not the government.'Cause you and I both know, it won't always be about something as harmless as premature release of a victim's identity.

Since: May 09

Location hidden

#19 Apr 18, 2010
just wondering wrote:
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so the NEWSpaper is wrong for writing about LOCAL news??? A triple homicide isn't newsworthy???
It is newsworthy, however I am sure the family would have appreciated being told instead of finding out about it in the Newspaper. There were better ways of writing the article without putting the exact address and such!

Since: May 09

Location hidden

#20 Apr 18, 2010
Ella wrote:
<quoted text>
Just to let you know know, I also was a victims advocate in the past, so to a point, I agree with you.
However, it is not Ms. Meeks job as a reporter to meet only the needs of one segment of the community. This was a situation in she had to balance what is generally considered a courtesy to law enforcement with what was obviously being spread through a grapevine by neighbors and other's in the know who openly came to her with information. That and the obviousness of the address, the fact that two people who never showed to a court hearing happened to be named the same name as the occupants of the house, and so on--the story told itself.
She had the journalistic discretion to state the obvious and prevent distortions of the facts from spreading, and I give her the benefit of the doubt she acted in good faith. When something important happens and your government wants to hide or withhold information from you, the public, because of it's own interests, you really hope journalists like Ms. Meeks will side with the public, not the government.'Cause you and I both know, it won't always be about something as harmless as premature release of a victim's identity.
Ms. Meeks could have reported the murders without stating the exact address and just put the general are in article. I don't have a problem with Ms. Meeks as much as I do with the person who is releasing information prematurely from DASO. There have been several articles including the Adam Espinosa murder where information was "leaked" to the press. It is wrong of this person to release this information to the press and I wonder what their motive is in doing so.
Quemado

Albuquerque, NM

#21 Apr 18, 2010
Folks, this is April 2010. While most of us are used to waiting until information is released by the authorities before we know the details, that is not the world anymore. Though it's less true with this story than with others, those who write on these Forums collectively know more information--and more quickly---than the reporters, and sometimes the police.

Case in point. The El Paso newspaper had an article last week which raised the question of whether the Mayor of Juarez was actually living in El Paso. Posters to the Forum---not the reporter---had his (El Paso) address and all the specifications spelled out for all to see within moments.

Though many who post on these forums are nuts and somewhat paranoid (hmmm, the Tea Party crowd comes to mind), some do share useful information. Sometimes, being an amateur sleuth pays off.

My fear on this matter is that it will go the way of the Cricket Coogler (if you don't know what I'm writing about, Google it) case or the infamous bowling alley masacre. That's very concerning for those of us who live in the area affected.

Anyhow, my best to all. May this turn out to be an isolated incident.

Since: May 09

Location hidden

#22 Apr 18, 2010
Quemado wrote:
Folks, this is April 2010. While most of us are used to waiting until information is released by the authorities before we know the details, that is not the world anymore. Though it's less true with this story than with others, those who write on these Forums collectively know more information--and more quickly---than the reporters, and sometimes the police.
Case in point. The El Paso newspaper had an article last week which raised the question of whether the Mayor of Juarez was actually living in El Paso. Posters to the Forum---not the reporter---had his (El Paso) address and all the specifications spelled out for all to see within moments.
Though many who post on these forums are nuts and somewhat paranoid (hmmm, the Tea Party crowd comes to mind), some do share useful information. Sometimes, being an amateur sleuth pays off.
My fear on this matter is that it will go the way of the Cricket Coogler (if you don't know what I'm writing about, Google it) case or the infamous bowling alley masacre. That's very concerning for those of us who live in the area affected.
Anyhow, my best to all. May this turn out to be an isolated incident.
I think that you have some good points and I also hope that this case is brought to a close with a conviction. I still believe that the Bowling Alley murders will be solved but I think that the Coogler murder never had a chance with the way it was handled.

“Your DQCC Limit is Maxed!”

Since: Sep 08

In Utero (originally)

#23 Apr 18, 2010
Jeff Murphy wrote:
<quoted text>It is newsworthy, however I am sure the family would have appreciated being told instead of finding out about it in the Newspaper. There were better ways of writing the article without putting the exact address and such!
Jeff Murphy wrote:
<quoted text>Ms. Meeks could have reported the murders without stating the exact address and just put the general are in article. I don't have a problem with Ms. Meeks as much as I do with the person who is releasing information prematurely from DASO. There have been several articles including the Adam Espinosa murder where information was "leaked" to the press. It is wrong of this person to release this information to the press and I wonder what their motive is in doing so.
Thank you, Murphy! I agree with your 2nd comment especially about someone leaking information often. It's not right.

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