Daniel Joseph Gomez, a former Rio Grande High School student, was murdered February 27, 1994 at the age of 16.
Daniel was walking home from Dunkin Donuts when he was jumped and stabbed by two men recalled his aunt Annette Gomez Garcia.
He was a very active person, according to his aunt. He worked at Albuquerque City Limits, played Freshman football for Rio Grande High, and valued his family very dearly. He wanted to become a SWAT team member with APD or the FBI.
“His best qualities were his sense of humor and imitating fire Marshall Bill,” said Garcia. “He was a great artist also; he liked to draw, go fishing with family and friends and liked his job.”
She said she will always remember the day she received a knock at her door with the news. Garcia called Daniel a “beloved son, grandson, brother, nephew, cousin, and friend to many.” She even recalled a conversation she had with him a few months prior to his passing.
“He loved his family dearly; when we almost lost my mom, he said ‘no way I will die before I watch my nana die,’ and a few month later he was taken from us!”