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Three Video Store Workers Found Shot Dead, Victim’s Grandparents Missing

March 3, 1996

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) _ The fatal shootings of three video store workers after closing time early Sunday spurred police to search for one victim’s missing grandparents, since they usually drove him home from work.

The grandparents were not considered suspects in the case, but might have been taken hostage, police said.

Co-workers arriving to open the Hollywood Video store Sunday morning discovered the late-shift victims, who were tied up in a back room. Investigators believe they were killed after 2 a.m., when the store closes.

Police spokesman Tony Herrera said robbery was a possible motive, but would not confirm whether anything was stolen.

The fate of the store worker’s grandparents baffled police.

``We don’t know if they were by here at that time (2 a.m.) or if they may have been caught up in the crime scene,″ said detective Katharine Garduno. ``In other words, they may have been taken hostage.″

The identities of the victims, two young women and a young man, weren’t immediately released.

Investigators checking the store’s computer list of customers planned to contact some of the night’s patrons in hopes of uncovering further evidence.

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