A men’s basketball game between rivals New Mexico and New Mexico State was postponed Saturday after a fatal shooting on the New Mexico campus that NMSU forward Mike Peake was reported to have involved.
According to Las Cruces San NewsNew Mexico State Police said an altercation between a 19-year-old man and a 21-year-old man took place around 3 a.m. Saturday, with both receiving gunshot wounds.
It is reported that the 19-year-old boy died at the scene, and the 21-year-old was taken to the district hospital. Police have reportedly confirmed that the 19-year-old is a student from New Mexico and the 21-year-old is a student from the state of New Mexico.
Sun-News identified Peak, Jr., as this New Mexico student. His physical condition remains unclear.
Pick is one of only two members of the NMSU men’s basketball team to return from last year’s roster. He traveled to Georgia and the Austin P. before moving to NMSU in 2021 and mostly came off the bench at Aggie last season. He started both games this season with 18 points and seven rebounds in 41 minutes.
The game, New Mexico’s home event, was originally scheduled for 5:00 pm local time, but the two schools released a joint statement announcing that the game would be rescheduled in light of the “tragic incident” in Albuquerque.
The two teams will already play again on Dec. 3 at the New Mexico State campus.
Less than a week after the tragic shooting on campus involving members of the Virginia football team, the incident caught the attention of New Mexico Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham:
Sun-News also reports that a bus carrying players from New Mexico back to Las Cruces was stopped by New Mexico State Police. A police spokesman reportedly said the bus was stopped “as part of an ongoing investigation into the murder at the UNM” and has since been released.