Autopsy: Homicide victim shot in head

CNJ staff

A 23-year-old Honduran national shot to death in Texico nearly two months ago died of a single gunshot to the head, according to an autopsy performed by the New Mexico Medical Investigator’s office.

Elvin Osmin Orellanna Rivera was shot Nov. 25 during a home invasion.

There have been no arrests and police have been sketchy about releasing details in the case.

According to the autopsy, the shot came from above his head and traveled into his neck, where medical investigators found and retrieved a projectile from the bullet.

No other significant injuries were noted in the report.

Police have said Rivera was a dairy worker in the U.S. illegally. He lived in the 500 block of Florence Street.

A group of suspects invaded Rivera’s and a neighboring residence, battering one other person, police said.

Law enforcement initially encountered difficulties in the case because of the immigration status of the witnesses and has since reached agreements with federal authorities to keep them in the U.S. during the investigation.