Rivalry games between New Mexico and New Mexico St. will not be played after shooting

University of New Mexico Athletic Director Eddie Nuñez announced Tuesday that the rivalry series between the New Mexico and New Mexico State men’s basketball programs will not be played this season after a UNM student was killed last weekend, two more arrested and the Aggies player Mike Peake had been killed in hospital.

The two schools agreed on the decision to put the men’s series on hold. The women’s game on December 11 is still being played.

“We felt like there had to be a hiatus at that point,” Nuñez said in a lengthy story by Albuquerque Journal Reporter Geoff Grammer. “This event (Saturday’s shooting) happened very recently. There are still many fears and concerns in the community. And we want to make sure they take precedence over this event.”

According to local investigators, a fight that broke out at the Aggies-Lobos soccer game in October which was going viral with 101,000 views on Twitter when I wrote this storyled to the shooting.

In another article by ABQ Journal Reporter Elise Kaplan, three UNM freshmen wanted revenge and plotted to trick NMSU men’s basketball player Mike Peake, 21, into beating him “nasty.” The UNM students had the help of a 17-year-old freshman, Mya Hill, who persuaded Peake to take an Uber to campus by saying she would have sex with him, according to reports and local authorities.

The plan turned deadly when 19-year-old UNM student Brandon Travis was killed and Peake was hospitalized.

Police say both Travis and Peake had guns. Peake has not been charged at the time of publication, while 19-year-old UNM student Jonathan Smith has been arrested and charged with aggravated assault, conspiracy and tampering with evidence, all crimes.

Hill was checked into the juvenile detention center on Saturday night. She is charged with aggravated assault and conspiracy in children’s court.

A student involved, known only as “Eli” at the time, is said to have hit Peake in the leg with a bat before shots were fired. Peake then ran away as Travis started shooting at him. Police say Peake was seen pulling a gun from his waistband to shoot Travis.

According to that ABQ JournalStudent-athletes are not permitted to take guns on team outings, and NMSU told the publication that “the possession, use, or distribution of guns on campus or during a sponsored campus activity is a violation of the University Student Code of Conduct.”

Editor’s Note: For local, on-the-spot coverage, I highly encourage you to check out the coverage of Albuquerque Journal and author of CBS/SB Nation/Mid-Major Madness Isabel Gonzales.

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