Veteran gunned down at ATM after returning home from Army

Tyler Louis Lackey and his mother Liz Frank. Photo credit: Family handout (left) and Facebook (right).

The Albuquerque, New Mexico police are currently looking to identify the suspects responsible for the murder of young Army veteran.

Last Friday, Tyler Louis Lackey, 24, was gunned down while standing in front of an ATM machine.  According to KOAT, Tyler and his friend stopped at the ATM after eating dinner because Tyler’s debit card was declined at the restaurant.

Tyler’s family said the decline was caused by a bank account error that resulted in an overcharge on his account.  According to Tyler’s girlfriend he wanted to get cash from the ATM so that he could return to the restaurant and tip the waitress for the inconvenience.

Investigators reported that witnesses said Lackey got into an altercation with the suspect at the ATM.  According to KOAT, The suspect then “pulled up next to them [Tyler and his friend] and opened fire.”

Lackey was killed at the scene and a gun was found next to him, but the ownership of the gun has not been reported.

After spending more than five years in the Army as a paratrooper medic, Lackey returned to Albuquerque and was studying at Central New Mexico Community College.

Paula Frank, Lackey’s aunt, said he joined the Army to follow in his brother’s footsteps.  She continued to say, “He was everything to us. It’s almost embarrassing that this is the America that these kids are out there fighting to protect.”

Lackey’s leaves behind a devastated girlfriend, Jeanette Munoz, who is still serving as a Specialist in the Army. The two met while they were both stationed at Fort Bragg and she happened to be in Albuquerque visiting Lackey for the weekend.

Police have released a photograph of the suspect’s car and a photo of a woman they are looking for questioning. The primary suspect is a male and was reported wearing a red track jumpsuit.

Woman suspect and car

Albuquerque police are asking for help to identify suspects and encourage anyone with information to call 242-COPS.

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