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Revenge Plot is Motive for UNM Deadly Campus Shooting Between Rival Students

Updated: Nov 21, 2022

By: ABQ RAW staff

POSTED: 11/21/2022 @ 1:45PM

Jonathan Smith booking photo

Albuquerque - New Mexico State Police have charged Jonathan Smith, 19, of Albuquerque in his role involving the deadly shooting on the UNM campus this past weekend. The shootout left one student dead, and one student athlete wounded.


According to a criminal complaint, 21-year-old NMSU student athlete Mike Peake was lured onto the UNM campus to meet up with a girl to have sex with her. Once on campus Peake was jumped by Smith and two others. Peake was in town with his Las Cruces team for a basketball game which was to happen later that day against their rivals University of New Mexico basketball team.

NMSU basketball player Mike Peake

The complaint goes on to say Peake took an Uber from his team hotel to the UNM campus in order to meet up with a girl named "Honey". During the investigation police found out Honey was brought in as a ploy to seek revenge stemming from a UNM vs NMSU football game last month. The football game was in Las Cruces, N.M. were the assailants and Peake had an altercation.

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Video from alleged fight in October.

Peake told NMSP investigators that one male struck him with a bat on his right leg. He then pushed the male with the gun and he ran. The male with the gun shot at him and Peake produced a gun of his own out of his front right pocket and shot back at the male. The male that Peake shot at was later identified as, 19-year-old Brandon Travis of Albuquerque. Travis shot again at Peake and a bullet struck him in the leg. Peake kept running away and eventually called for help.

After the shooting Smith and the other male involved (unidentified) changed clothing and ditched their clothing in a sewer drain and returned to the scene. Smith has been charged with aggravated battery, and conspiracy to commit, plus two charges of tampering with evidence.

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