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Saturday, May 24, 2008

[NM] Officer Largo beat his 1st wife, now has killed Freda - mother of 7

...Largo has a history of domestic altercations that date back to at least 2002...

Former Navajo Nation Police officer charged, found driving drunk after shooting
Gallup Independent
By Leslie Wood
May 21, 2008
[Excerpts] A Thoreau woman died Tuesday afternoon from multiple gunshot wounds reportedly inflicted by her common law husband who is a former police officer for the Navajo Police Department. The victim’s name has not been released pending notification of next of kin... Deputy Ed Marble, of the McKinley County Sheriff’s Department, said he found the woman laying face down on her driveway... She sustained multiple gun shot wounds to the front of her body, including her abdomen... The victim was initially conscious and told authorities her common-law husband, Harrison Largo, shot her during a domestic dispute between the pair. She was then transported by air to an Albuquerque hospital where she died from her injuries... The firearm used in the attack has not been recovered... [Full article here]
http://www.gallupindependent.com/2008/May/052108police.html

Thoreau Woman Dies After Shooting
ABQnewsSeeker
Bruce Daniels
21 May 2008
[Excerpts] ...All three schools in the community of Thoreau were locked down as police looked for the suspect... [Full article here]

Former officer accused in death
Cibola Beacon
By Cheryl Montoya
Thursday, May 22, 2008 9:25 PM MDT
[Excerpts] Frieda Smith, of Thoreau, died Tuesday afternoon from gunshot wounds. It has been reported that the 42 year-old woman accused her boyfriend Harrison Largo of firing those shots during a domestic dispute. The victim was found at 8 a.m. Tuesday laying face down in her driveway with several gunshot wounds to the front of her body. Smith was airlifted to the University of New Mexico Hospital that morning but later that afternoon expired from her injuries... He was being held there without bond. The suspect is charged with homicide, tampering with evidence, driving under the influence and consumption of alcohol in a vehicle. The suspect will appear before a judge at the McKinley County Magistrate Court in Gallup. [Full article here]

Ex-Diné officer pleads innocent
Gallup Independent
May 23, 2008
[Excerpts] A former Navajo Nation police officer was arraigned Thursday on an open charge of murder. Harrison Largo pleaded innocent to that charge and a charge of tampering with evidence when he appeared before McKinley County Magistrate Henrietta Soland. She set no bond for the 40-year-old man, who is being held in Gallup... According to local law enforcement, Largo has a history of domestic altercations that date back to at least 2002. According to court records, Largo was arrested on Dec. 15, 2002, on kidnapping and aggravated assault charges. The charges were filed after he was accused of the kidnapping of his then wife and teenage daughter at gunpoint and taking them to a remote area near the Zuni Mountains. The woman was then beaten until she and the teenager found a way to escape... “In our heart of hearts we knew we would see Largo in the future, but in a darker light,” Gillson said. “... We were very shook up”... [Full article here]

LARGO REMAINED A COP FOR TWO YEARS MORE AFTER HIS DOCUMENTED DOMESTIC VIOLENCE KIDNAP AND AGGRAVATED ASSAULT MENTIONED ABOVE.

ONE CAN ONLY WONDER ALL THE THINGS THAT NEVER MADE THE NEWS.

GOODBYE TO FREDA - NOW BEHOLDING THE FACE OF GOD.
TO HER SEVEN CHILDREN, HER FAMILY AND THOSE WHO LOVE HER, I AM SO VERY SORRY.


Freda Smith
Deaths
Gallup Independent
May 23, 2008
THOREAU — Services for Freda Mae Smith, 41, will be 10 a.m. May 24, at the Prewitt Assembly of God Church. Burial will be in Thoreau Community Cemetery. The Rev. Ruth Droll will officiate. Smith died May 20, 2008, in Albuquerque. She was born July 1, 1966. Smith was employed with the Womens State Prison in Grants at the time of her death. Survivors include her children, Leah Lamipcti of Thoreau, Calvena Toledo of Grants, Dorenda Toledo of Thoreau, Calvin Toledo Jr., of Thoreau, Daniel Largo of Thoreau, Holden Toledo of Thoreau, Hayden Largo of Thoreau; parents, Fred Smith Jr., Lavern Smith of Prewitt; sisters, Gloria Dominguez of Santa Fe, Wanda Chavez of Santa Fe, Lucille Yazzie of Gallup, Audrey Smith of Prewitt, Rhonda Smith of Pecos; brothers, Fredrick Smith of Prewitt, Roderick Smith of Prewitt, Dalton Smith of Prewitt; two grandchildren. Smith was preceded in death by her brother, Freddie Smith. Pallbearers will be Alvin Yazzie Sr., Eldon Yazzie, Roderick Smith, Tyrone Begay and Gabriel Lolito. Compassion Mortuary is in charge of arrangements.
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8 comments:

  1. Photo: "Navajo Woman and Child-Grand Canyon" Circa 1915
    http://www.aznmwa.org/images/NavajoWomanandChild-GrandCanyoncirca1915_001.jpg
    Lillian Wilhelm Smith
    Image provided courtesy of the collection of the Sedona Arizona Historical Art Musuem
    http://www.aznmwa.org/Arizonacommitteenationalmuseumwomenartsgallery.htm

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  2. Names Freda and Frieda are both used. I used the spelling from the obituary until I get word.

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  3. Freda was a dear friend we all loved her. She was a great friend and a hard worker. VIsiting Officer Freda Smith you will be missed. I enjoyed the time we served together in corrections. Kids keep your head up and keep smiling like your mom would want you to. Were all here for you if you need anything. Love you guys.

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  4. Leah M. LamipetiJune 24, 2008

    Hi my name is Leah I am Freda's oldest daughter and I would like to thanks those of you who have posted comments and encouraged us. We're still grieving and we are missing our mother very dearly. We well keep smiling and staying strong, our mother would have wanted us too............

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  5. You are all in my prayers now.

    My page:
    http://www.myspace.com/tacoma_taser

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  6. Ex-Navajo officer pleads not guilty in shooting
    Las Cruces Sun-News, NM
    09/22/2008

    GALLUP, N.M.—A former Navajo police officer pleaded not guilty Monday to charges of murder and tampering with evidence in the shooting death of his live-in girlfriend.

    Harrison Largo was arraigned before state District Judge Grant Foutz, who set bond at $150,000. No trial date was set, although prosecutors said they expect it to be held early next year.

    Betty Smith was found at the couple's mobile home in Thoreau and later died at an Albuquerque hospital last May. According to court records, neighbors heard the couple arguing and saw Smith run from the home before three gunshots were fired.

    http://www.lcsun-news.com/ci_10530255




    Correction: Fatal shooting story
    KFDA - NewsChannel 10/ Associated Press
    September 24, 2008
    CORRECTED VERSION
    GALLUP, N.M. (AP) - In a Sept. 22 story about a former Navajo police officer charged in the shooting death of his live-in girlfriend, The Associated Press misidentified the victim. Her name was Frieda Smith, not Betty Smith.
    http://www.newschannel10.com/Global/story.asp?S=9070393&nav=menu429_2_5



    Ex-Navajo officer faces murder trial
    santafenewmexican.com
    Local news in brief Aug. 19
    8/18/2008

    GALLUP — San Juan County Magistrate Stacey Biel ruled Monday that a former Navajo police officer accused of shooting his live-in girlfriend will stand trial.

    Harrison Largo faces charges of murder and tampering with evidence in the May shooting death of Frieda Smith, who was found at the couple's mobile home in Thoreau. She later died at an Albuquerque hospital.

    According to court records, neighbors heard the couple arguing and saw Smith run from the home before three gunshots were fired.

    Biel heard nearly four hours of testimony before deciding Largo will stand trial. She also denied a defense motion to set bond for Largo, who remains in the Gallup-McKinley County jail.

    Largo is expected to be arraigned in state District Court within the next couple of weeks.

    http://www.santafenewmexican.com/Local%20News/Local-news-in-brief-081908

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  7. mrs smith you are dearly missed.. i am struggling today with what you used to it is always easier said then done.. you were always so positive and your kids were your everything.. to all her family i send my condolences... kids stay stong.....

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