The Latest: Autopsies detail wounds of Aztec High victims

March 13, 2018

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — The Latest on school safety in New Mexico (all times local):

12:10 p.m.

State medical investigators say the two 17-year-old students who were killed by an armed intruder at their New Mexico high school in December suffered multiple gunshot wounds.

Autopsy results obtained by the Associated Press in response to a public records request show Francisco Fernandez had wounds to his head, back, right shoulder and arms.

Authorities say he was attacked after he entered a bathroom at Aztec High School where the gunman was hiding in one of the stalls.

Marquez encountered the gunman in the hallway. The report states she suffered wounds to her head, chest and left thigh and that one of the shots fired by the gunman grazed her abdomen.

The 21-year-old gunman, William Atchison, killed himself after randomly firing in the hallway and a computer lab.


10:30 p.m.

While students across the country plan walkouts to protest gun violence, teens at a New Mexico high school still reeling after two classmates were gunned down in December by an armed intruder have organized a “walk-up” to help unify a campus with varied ideas on school safety.

Students asked school administrators if they could schedule time Wednesday to gather around the flag pole at Aztec High School to honor the 21 students killed in recent months in school shootings.

Principal Warman Hall says the students also will be kicking off a campaign centered on 21 pledges — all aimed at engaging students and bolstering school safety on a campus where there has been a push to train and arm willing teachers.

Hall says Aztec is still recovering so student leaders wanted to avoid a contentious political debate or demonstration.

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