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Real Names: Steve Teran, Valerie Teran, Paula Holguin, Amy Houser
Nicknames: No Known Nicknames
Location: Las Cruces, New Mexico
Date: February 10, 1990


Details: On February 10, 1990, two gunmen opened fire in the Las Cruces Bowling Alley, claiming the lives of Steve Teran, his two daughters, and Amy Houser and nearly killing Ida Holgun, Stephanie Senac and her daughter Melissa Repass. Rumor is that the men planned to rob the place and were angry to discover so many people inside. They herded everyone into the office before opening fire, and left with over $4,000, but it is possible they were expecting something drug-related. Ida is sure that she had seen them there before, analyzing customers and the daily operation of the alleys. Since the murders, the bowling alley was sold and first renamed Sun Lanes, and later, Ten Pin Alley. Ida is convinced that someone knows the men who committed these murders.
Suspects: No one has been identified in this case. The suspects are described as Mexican, but they spoke perfect English. Suspect #1 was described as a Hispanic male who stood at approximately 5'10", weighing 160-170 lbs. with brown hair and eyes, a mustache at the time of the killings and no detectable accent in his speech. He was around 28-34 at the time of the killings and would be about 47-53 years old today. Suspect #2 was also described a Hispanic male standing at approximately 5'6", weighing about 140 lbs. and with gray/white hair and brown eyes; he spoke English with a slight Spanish accent. He was approximately 48-54 at the time of the killings, and he would be around 67-73 years old today. Sketches of them are available, and there are two versions of what they looked like on February 10, 1990, and what they may look like today.
Extra Notes: This case first aired on the April 25, 1990 episode. It was also covered on an episode of America’s Most Wanted. A movie recreation, "A Murder In Las Cruces," has been made documenting it.
Results: Unsolved. As yet, the suspects have yet to be identified or brought to justice. The manager of the bowling alley, Stephanie Senac, passed away in 1999.

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