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Unsolved Las Cruces Bowling Alley Mass Shooting Case Marks 31 Years

Feb 8, 2021

Feb. 10, 2021, marks the 31-year anniversary of the heinous shooting of four children and three adults at a Las Cruces bowling alley that led to the deaths of five victims.

The case remains unsolved. Las Cruces-Dona Ana County Crime Stoppers continues to offer a cash reward of $25,000 for information that helps solve this crime.

The mass-shooting at Las Cruces Bowl, on Feb. 10, 1990, is considered one of the most heinous crimes in the city’s history as gunmen pulled the trigger on three adults and four children ages 13, 12, 6 and 2. The father of the two youngest victims was also killed in the massacre.

About 8:30 a.m. on Saturday, Feb. 10, 1990, police were dispatched to what was then known as Las Cruces Bowl, at 1201 E. Amador Ave., where the four children and three adults were found shot execution-style.

Once inside the bowling alley, officers found three victims already dead: 26-year-old Steven Teran, his 6-year-old daughter Paula Holguin and 13-year-old Amy Hauser. Steven Teran’s 2-year-old daughter, Valerie Teran, was rushed to a local hospital but died shortly after arrival.

Wounded during the shooting were 12-year-old Melissia Repass, her mother Stephanie Senac, 34, and 33-year-old Ida Holguin who was no relation to Paula. They were transported to area hospitals and survived. Senac, however, died several years later from complications related to her injuries.

Melissia Repass, a 12-year-old suffering from multiple gunshot wounds, is the victim who heroically called 911 to alert authorities to the crime.

Investigators believe the suspects stole an estimated $5,000 in cash from the business before setting fire to the office in what was believed to be an attempt to destroy evidence. Investigators believe the suspects are Hispanic with dark complexions. Both suspects spoke fluent English.

Las Cruces-Dona Ana County Crime Stoppers is offering a $25,000 reward for information that helps identify the men responsible for the mass-shooting. Tips can be provided anonymously by calling Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477. Tips can also be provided online at NMCrimeStoppers.org or through the Crime Stoppers app, “P3 TIPS.” The app is available through the App Store on most devices.

Information from Las Cruces Police