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Murder suspect in custody

 

November 6, 2019

Vigil

CLOVIS — A 26-year-old Clovis man is in custody, charged with an open count of murder following a Thursday night shooting at a home on North Lea Street.

Johnny Rae Vigil is accused of killing Jahmall Burge with a handgun owned by Burge.

The incident happened about 6:45 p.m. Thursday.

It wasn’t immediately clear when or how Vigil was arrested, but District Attorney Andrea Reeb said he was in custody this morning.

Police on Thursday night issued a statement reporting Vigil was a “person of interest” in connection with the case.

A criminal complaint filed Friday morning alleges:

• Mary Jane Ramirez, who lives at the residence, told police she called Burge, her caregiver for 10 years, and asked him to come to her house.

• Before Burge arrived, Vigil came to the house. Ramirez told police she has known Vigil for about 11 years and that he’d grown up with her sons.

• When Burge arrived, he asked Ramirez if he could bring his gray handgun into the house because he did not like to leave it in his vehicle.

• Burge placed the gun on the table in the kitchen.

• About an hour after the men arrived, Ramirez said she saw Burge stand up and say, “Put that down.” She then heard four gunshots and saw Burge fall.

• Ramirez said she saw Vigil with the gun and she ran to the bathroom and closed the door. When she looked out later she saw Vigil leave the house. Burge was on the ground bleeding.

The criminal complaint reported Burge was shot multiple times. A Springfield .9mm handgun was located near Burge’s body.

We will have more information as it becomes available.

 
 

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