Students Killed In Shooting At New Mexico High School

Gladys Abbott
December 10, 2017

The man who shot and killed two students at Aztec High School Thursday morning planned the shooting in advance, pretended to be a student and snuck into the school before authorities say he killed Casey J. Marquez, a senior, and Francisco "Paco" Fernandez, a junior.

San Juan County Sheriff Ken Christesen told reporters Friday Atchison was able to disguise himself as a student to gain entry to the school. Aztec, New Mexico schools were closed on Friday, December 8. Police had said Thursday Atchison was identified but was "no longer with us".

Bryn Divine, a senior at Aztec High School, remembered Marquez being a vibrant and friendly student who often won dance contests at school events.

"He had no chance to survive the encounter", Kassetas said about Fernandez.

She said when it was finally safe to leave the room, someone was dead on the ground right outside her classroom.

Police said the two victims were not specific targets.

When Thomas Hill, a custodian, heard the shots, he saw the shooter and followed him and shouted at him authorities said. When officers found his body he had a thumb drive on him that laid out his plans to shoot up the school and then kill himself. Christesen said Potter did not have the keys to lock the classroom because she is a substitute teacher, so she barricaded her students in the back of the classroom with a couch. He then allegedly fired multiple rounds through the hallway.

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"If things go according to plan today, today would be when I die", the document said.

A "deranged" former student who disguised himself as a pupil, then shot dead a cheerleader and football player before turning the gun on himself, was known to the Federal Bureau of Investigation. They said he had attended the school.

Sophomore Garrett Parker told Albuquerque television station KOAT he was upstairs in history class when he heard what he initially thought was students banging on lockers. "I just want out of this s**t".

"All New Mexicans are with Aztec today", she said.

"There were several acts of bravery by staff members, teachers and students that were wonderful... that actually saved lives", Governor Martinez said.

Here's what we know about Atchison and the shooting so far.

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