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By Grant McGee
The Staff of The News 

Shooting victim was 'jokester,' witty


Last updated 5/3/2022 at 4pm

Courtesy photo

Justin Banks

PORTALES - Carol Payne of Portales has "a million memories" of her son, Justin Banks.

"I remember his humor and his red hair," she said. He was "a jokester" and witty. "If you told him anything he came right back at you without even thinking about it."

He got along well with people, she said.

"I can tell by a lot of the remarks on his Facebook that a lot of people liked him most of the time," Payne said.

Banks, 42, was shot and killed April 26. His roommate, Armando Jimenez, 26, told police he shot Banks because he felt threatened as they argued.

Jimenez, charged with voluntary manslaughter, was released Friday from the Roosevelt County jail and is awaiting trial.

Police said both men had been drinking.

Payne only knows, "I wasn't there to help Justin," she said.

Banks was born in Clovis in 1980 and had recently celebrated his birthday.

He enjoyed his construction job, his mother said. He'd been working for a company that installed guttering and handled other small projects.

If he wanted to do anything else, "He never really said," Payne remembered. "But whatever it was he wanted to be the boss."

Payne said her son liked to drink and party "like most of those who are younger." The day she learned of his death "was horrible," she said.

But one aspect of her son's life that brings her comfort was his faith.

"Justin believed in the Lord," she said.


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