NM family: Cops failed to protect in killing of mentally ill

The seriously mentally ill man shot and killed five people

By Scott Sandlin
Albuquerque Journal

ALBUQUERQUE, NM — Things went horribly awry for an Albuquerque family with a son and brother suffering from severe mental illness in July 2005 - a little more than a month before another seriously mentally ill man, John Hyde, shot and killed five people.

Wyatt Vallejos, then 21, had started acting strangely months earlier. He carved the eyes out of pictures. He looked disheveled and depressed. He wasn't sleeping. He was living in his car. He started threatening to kill family members because he believed they were poisoning him.

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