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Body identified, victim shot to death

April 7, 2011

The man found dead in the South Fork River on Sunday was murdered.

Catawba County Sheriff Coy Reid said 23-year-old Absalon Gomez was shot to death before his body was located earlier this week in the river near Maiden.

Gomez's family reported him missing Dec. 7 and had no contact with him since that date. Reid said it's "very possible" that Gomez has been dead since December.

The sheriff's office isn't releasing how many times Gomez was shot, and there are no suspects in the case. Reid said investigators have a few leads in the case that indicate the shooting was drug-related.

Gomez lived on River Rock Lane in Newton, which is about a mile from where his body was found. Two canoers were traveling along the river Sunday when they saw Gomez's body and called 9-1-1.

Reid said the cold water and body decomposition made it difficult for investigators to determine how long Gomez was dead. Deputies identified Gomez on Monday, but declined to release the man's name until dental records confirmed the identity.

An investigation into the incident is ongoing.

Gomez spent time in Catawba County jail in 2007 for traffic offenses, Reid said.

Anyone with information about Gomez's death or the incidents leading to his murder is asked to call the Catawba County Sheriff's Office at (828) 464-5241.

Comments

The Mexican Mafia is here...

April 8, 2011 by Backbone (not verified), 3 years 1 week ago
Comment: 299

... this is their signature type of execution.
Think about that the next time you are traveling on North Main and see the big tour bus at the Big Mexican Juke joint there. Pretty soon you are gonna have Mexican Mayhem in the form of Drive by shooting and all sorts of violence. The reason, there is no effort to root out and move out this element that has come in. They see our law enforcement as weak and in effectual, and in their criminal society, "Machismo" is everything. Dont believe me, just wait!

Amen Backbone.

April 12, 2011 by GomerPy739 (not verified), 3 years 1 week ago
Comment: 315

I've been saying that for months now but it seems that no one wants to listen. Haven't folks noticed that there are more and more isseus with MS-13 in the area? More taggings, more businesses (some being very legitimate and others not so much) banding together in sections creating their own mini-communities...these things make it hard for an outsider to even penetrate in order to make any type of purchase. Please, don't feed me some line about they are preserving their culture. They are making the ability to launder their money...Who is La Eme? They may be new to Newton but their errand boys, MS-13, have been here for years!
Some of us that work in the LE field have been watching this stuff for years and are heartbroken that our local departments have pushed off the notion of actual gang activity taking place to the point that it is almost becomming overwhelming.

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