Albuquerque mourns slain mailman

(KOB/NBC News) Residents of Albuquerque, New Mexico are morning the loss of an heroic mailman gunned down as he tried to protect a woman who lives on his route.

47-year-old Jose Hernandez was shot and killed on Monday in a southwest Albuquerque neighborhood. The army veteran had worked for the postal service for 12 years and was a father of four.

According to an arrest warrant, Hernandez was attempting to intervene in a domestic dispute between the murder suspect, 17-year-old Xavier Zamora, and his mother.

“He’s just super personable, made a point to know everybody,” said one neighbor. “He was a veteran, he was a civil engineer, he went to ASU. He was a great guy. He’s just the mailman everyone wanted.”

Police are still searching for Zamora.

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