Tuesday, March 13, 2007

Tapia family hit with new tragedy

Robert Gutierrez, 39, brother--in-law to Johnny Tapia, was killed before dawn Tuesday on his way back to Albuquerque from Farmington when the car he was in rolled off the highway. 23-year-old Ben Garcia was with him. State police say neither Gutierrez and Garcia had been wearing seat belts, and that alcohol may have been a factor. Investigators found empty bottles and partially consumed bottles at the scene. Gutierrez was Tapia's right hand man, and one of his cornermen at every fight. -- Chris Cozzone

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