New Mexico state basketball player Mike Peake shot dead; student killed

ALBUQUERQUE, NM — Police identified a University of New Mexico student who was killed in a campus shootout Saturday with a New Mexico State University basketball player, resulting in a basketball game being rescheduled between the two schools.

New Mexico State Police identified the dead student as 19-year-old Brandon Travis. Police did not identify the New Mexico State University student in a press release. But the Las Cruces Sun-News, part of the USA TODAY Network, as well as ESPN and other outlets, reported that the student is Mike Peake, a junior forward on the MSU basketball team.

Peake, who was shot during the incident, was taken to an area hospital.

As of Sunday, he was listed in stable condition.

Mike Peake dribbles during a practice session on day one of New Mexico state men's basketball practice September 27.  Peake was shot dead in an incident on the University of New Mexico campus on Saturday, November 19, 2022.

Police say no charges have been filed against Peake and the case is being investigated as a murder.

How and why the paths of the students crossed remained unclear on Monday.

State police investigators believe Travis conspired with a 17-year-old girl and two male friends — all UNM students — to lure 21-year-old Peake onto campus and assault him.

Sometime around 3 a.m. near the Coronado Hall dorm on the New Mexico campus, Travis confronted Peake. According to investigators, Travis had a firearm and shot Peake. Peake also had a firearm and shot Travis, police say.

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Students walk next to Coronado Hall, a residence hall on the University of New Mexico campus, on Saturday, November 19, 2022.

Travis was pronounced dead at the scene.

The girl and two male friends fled after the shooting, police said. The girl has since been arrested, taken to a pre-trial detention center and charged with aggravated assault and conspiracy.

Police investigators said they had identified the two male friends and were working with the local district attorney to determine whether they should be charged. Police did not identify the girl or the men.

The investigation is ongoing, police said.

New Mexico State University Chancellor Dan E. Arvizu confirmed Sunday that “one of our student-athletes is now in the hospital following an altercation on the UNM campus.”

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