OMI identifies victims in Dixon triple homicide

Victims died of gunshot wounds to the head, according to medical investigator

By John Miller
jmiller@taosnews.com
Posted 6/2/18

The New Mexico Office of the Medical Investigator has identified April Browne, 42, of Taos, Abraham Martinez, 36, of Dixon, and Kieren Guillemin, 27, of Vadito as the three people found dead this week at an apparent triple homicide in Cañoncito …

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OMI identifies victims in Dixon triple homicide

Victims died of gunshot wounds to the head, according to medical investigator

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Updated June 2 at 10 p.m.

The New Mexico Office of the Medical Investigator has identified April Browne, 42, of Taos, Abraham Martinez, 36, of Dixon, and Kierin Guillemin, 27, of Vadito as the three people killed this week at a residence in Cañoncito, according to New Mexico State Police.

All three victims died of gunshot wounds to the head, the medical investigator has determined.

The identifications came about a day after state police arrested two Taos County men suspected in the triple murder: John Powell, 34, of Taos and Roger Gage, 33, of Arroyo Hondo.

Police spotted the suspects in a white Volkswagen Rabbit in El Prado around 7 p.m. Friday evening (June 1). They arrested the men without incident and transported them to Río Arriba County Adult Detention Center.

Powell and Gage have each been charged with three counts of first-degree murder, one count of conspiracy to commit first-degree murder, one count of aggravated burglary and one count of conspiracy to commit aggravated burglary.

On Thursday (May 31), before police had identified the victims, Roxanne Sanchez of Vadito had told The New Mexican she believed Guillemin, her ex-boyfriend, was among those killed. Kristen Davenport, Guillemin's employer at Boxcar Farm in nearby Llano, also said she thought the 27-year-old had been killed at the Cañoncito home.

According to his public Facebook page, Guillemin is from Princeton, New Jersey, where he had attended West Windsor-Plainsboro High School. He had moved to New Mexico several years ago. Last October, he suffered a motorcycle accident, which he described as nearly fatal in a Facebook post.

Davenport said in an interview on Sunday (June 3) that Guillemin's leg was crushed during the accident. The 27-year-old took some time off for the winter, she said, but had returned to the farm in April.

Davenport said Guillemin had shown up for work at the farm last Monday (May 28), just two days before a still unidentified individual found him, Martinez and Browne shot to death at the residence.

Kevin Duckworth, Browne's half-brother, said in a statement released on Friday that his half-sister was also among those killed this week.

"We are still reeling from the news of her death," the statement reads, "and will need time to really understand what happened and to mourn her."

Browne attended high school in Taos, where she graduated valedictorian, according to the release. She spent much of her life in and around Dixon and Taos. She had two children, and was an avid cook and jewelry maker.

But the family also said that Browne had become involved with drugs, which are widely speculated to have been related to this week's killings east of Dixon.

State police, however, have not yet provided a motive for the crime or details about what was found at the home.

Information about Martinez was not available as of press time Saturday evening (June 2).

This is a developing story. For more, check back here at taosnews.com.

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