New Mexico State forward Mike Peake, who was involved in a deadly shooting on the University of New Mexico campus over the weekend, was “lured” there by four UNM students who “conspired” to assault him, police revealed in a news release Sunday.

The development follows the New Mexico State Police investigations bureau’s probe into the death of 19-year-old Brandon Travis, who was shot and killed on Saturday by a 21-year-old NMSU student, later identified by reports as Peake, a junior on the Aggies men’s basketball team.

The altercation took place on UNM campus at around 3 a.m, prior to a basketball game between the two schools. The game was later postponed as a result of the shooting.

According to law enforcement, Travis “conspired with a 17-year-old female and two of [his] male friends, all UNM students, to lure the 21-year-old victim to UNM campus and assault him.”

Travis and Peake both sustained gunshot wounds as a result. Police said both men were armed but that Travis “confronted and shot the victim.” Peake then fatally shot Travis, who was declared dead on the scene by the Office of the Medical Investigator.

The female and two males fled the scene, but the female was later arrested and charged with aggravated battery and conspiracy. Investigators have identified the two men and “are working with the district attorney to determine what, if any, charges they face.” 

Police said four UNM students "conspired" to assault Peake.
Police said four UNM students “conspired” to assault Peake.

Peake and Travis both sustained gunshot wounds during the incident.
Peake and Travis both sustained gunshot wounds during the incident.

A memorial in Albuquerque, New Mexico after the shooting.
A memorial in Albuquerque, New Mexico after the shooting.

Investigators repeatedly referred to the 21-year-old NMSU student as the “victim,” noting that police do not identify victims.

Peake was taken to an area hospital, but his current condition was unknown as of Sunday.



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