Swastika on Albuquerque home’s window offends neighbors

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (KRQE) – Neighbors are furious after seeing a hateful image in their Albuquerque neighborhood.

In a photo from a neighbor, a flag with the Swastika symbol is shown from the house’s window. People who live by the westside home say the homeowner’s first amendment rights make them uncomfortable.

“I’m disturbed, I’m very disturbed,” said Dawn Candelaria, who lives near the home.

Candelaria has been living in the neighborhood near Unser and Ladera for almost 20 years. In all those years, she hasn’t seen anything like this until now.

“We are a bi-racial family and I just don’t think it’s appropriate,” she said.

This weekend, Candelaria’s neighbors had a Swastika hanging in the front window of their home. It’s a message that has Candelaria worried about her family’s safety.

“My grandkids live with me. I don’t want them walking by and seeing that, or having to be afraid to walk down the street,” she said.

Neighbors say it’s unusual to see something like this. It’s a close knit community, except no one really knows much about the family in that home. However, they say it’s always been a welcoming, mixed race community.

“I’ve never felt worried or concerned. We have white, we have Hispanic, we have Native American, and that’s how it should be,” said Candelaria.

Our crews did not see the Swastika displayed at that house Monday, and no one was available to speak with us on camera. Candelaria says she wants to get to the bottom of this herself for the sake of her family and community.

“I’ll go down there and find out what it’s all about. Why would they feel the need to make the neighborhood uncomfortable and feeling unsafe?” she said.

One neighbor did say police are often called to that home for domestic disturbances.

Even though neighbors aren’t happy about that symbol, hanging a Swastika or any other symbol on your property is not illegal.

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Pets From Texas Shelters Arrive In The Bay Area, Looking For Homes

Arriving on a private jet, fifty dogs and twenty cats from Texas are looking for new homes.  The high profile rescue was organized by several local groups including the SF SPCA, Mad Dog Rescue, Muttville Senior Dog Rescue and The Milo Foundation.


Lynne Tingle, the executive director and founder of The Milo Foundation, said they received 24 dogs last night and are in overdrive to find homes.


“You should have seen it last night! We were here until 3 am last night, getting them out and getting all the paperwork,” Tingle said.


These dogs were already in Texas shelters when Harvey hit and they needed to leave to make room for the flood of hurricane animals that are quickly overwhelming the Texas system.


“They have thousands of animals at emergency pop-up shelters,” said Ryan Darfler, the Director of Mad Dog Rescue. “They are actively searching to try and find homes for them first, but this is going to be an ongoing rescue effort for six months to a year.”


All dogs are examined, vaccinated and microchipped if needed.


If you can find room in your heart and room in your yard, this is just the beginning of many animals that will be coming from Texas that will need a home.

Jake Rothschiller earns Mountain West Defensive Player of the Week

ALBUQUERQUE N.M. (KRQE) – UNM defensive back Jake Rothschiller earned the Mountain West Conference defensive player of the week honors on Monday, after having a career high game in UNM’s 38-14 victory over Abilene Christian.

Rothschiller led the Lobos in tackles with eight, had one sack that forced a fumble, and also had the play of the game with a 91 yard pick six in the fourth quarter.

“Rothschiller picking that thing off and running it back. He is an amazing, amazing guy,” said UNM Head Football Coach Bob Davie.

“It was kind of funny. I got to the 50 yard line and thought to myself, is this really happening? But yeah, it just kind of fell into my lap and I had to do what I had to do,” said Jake Rothschiller.

Rothschiller definitely earned this week’s award, but that is now behind him and so is that win over ACU for this entire Lobo Team, as they now gear up for the in state rivalry game with New Mexico State. The Aggies defeated the Lobos last season, and the team has shown improvement this year. NMSU has a great showing in their season opener with Arizona State. They lost that game, but only by a touchdown.

“Yeah we all watched the game the other night, yeah we will have our eyes wide open for this one,” said Coach Davie. “Going into next week, obviously we know what that is. We need to have a good week at practice and just come out and not make too many mistakes as we did tonight,” said Rothschiller.

NMSU vs UNM is going down on Saturday at Dreamstyle Stadium, kick off for that one will be 6 p.m.

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Lobo Men’s Soccer wins their 2nd straight game

ALBUQUERQUE N.M. (KRQE) – Lobo Men’s Soccer was on the road Monday afternoon, taking on Marquette. UNM was coming off a win over UNLV and they didn’t disappoint on Monday in Milwaukee. UNM defeated Marquette 4-1, and in the process had 23 shots on goal.

UNM betters to 2-2 on the season and will now return home to host the Grange Ashwill Invitational. That tournament will start up on Friday, with the Lobos hosting CSU Northridge first on that Friday at 7 p.m.

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Grieving Mother Visits Apartment Building Where Daughter Died

By Jeff Todd

DENVER (CBS4) – Michele Weir said she needed to return to the apartment building where her daughter was murdered so she could find closure.

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Michele Weir (credit: CBS)

“The past couple days have been awful,” Michele said. “My life is changed forever.”

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Cristina Weir (credit: CBS)

Cristina Weir was stabbed to death the morning of July 31 in her apartment near 25th Street and Glenarm Place. The attack seemed to be random. A suspect was arrested in Cristina’s car in early August.

For the first time, Michele has traveled from her home in Virginia to Denver.

“In my fog, I felt as though that’s where I would find her. I went into the apartment wanting to know her last hour, her last minute, her last seconds. In going back to the apartment, I feel like I satisfied that need,” Michele said.

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Esstefan Hamlin (credit: Denver Police Department)

Michele says this is just the first of many trips from the East Coast back to Denver. She plans on attending as many court hearings for the suspect — Esstefan Hamlin — as possible.

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But she says the visit to Cristina’s apartment hasn’t been the only step to easing the grief. She’s been inundated with support from people who knew Cristina as a kind, caring, and compassionate woman.

“I’m leaving in a much better space than I came. I cried the entire flight here, as you can imagine. This is a new reality, and the sooner I accept it and can navigate it without my daughter, the better for everybody,” Michele said.

Weir’s friends and family are raising money so they can establish a scholarship fund. You can donate here.

Jeff Todd joined the CBS4 team in 2011 covering the Western Slope in the Mountain Newsroom. Since 2015 he’s been working across the Front Range in the Denver Headquarters. Follow him on Twitter @CBS4Jeff.