Police arrest suspect in UNM athlete’s fatal shooting

May 12, 2019

Albuquerque police early Saturday arrested a man in the fatal shooting a week earlier of a 23-year-old University of New Mexico student-athlete.

Detectives found Darian Bashir at a Northeast Heights apartment and took him into custody without incident just after midnight, police said in a news release.

Bashir is 23 years old and from Albuquerque, according to court records.

Bashir is alleged to have shot Jackson Weller, a junior from Keller, Texas, around 2:15 a.m. May 4 outside an Albuquerque nightclub two blocks from the UNM campus. Weller was a member of the school’s baseball team.

UNM coach Ray Birmingham said at the time that Weller had been “shot and killed getting food across the street after the game.” A local TV station reported that surveillance cameras outside a bar recorded the shooting.

Albuquerque police Chief Mike Geier said in the news release that homicide detectives and investigators “worked tirelessly during the past week” to identify Weller’s killer.

“This was a complex case that involved many witnesses,” Geier said.

Bashir previously was charged for his alleged role in a Feb. 12 shooting incident that authorities said stemmed from a “gang beef,” in which shots fired from a vehicle narrowly missed Albuquerque police officers in the area.