Partners and crime

By the time Leroy Fresquez Jr. killed his girlfriend, Jasmine Gaytan, they had been together for eight years. Her murder is the type that is all too common in New Mexico. Advocates have for years been urging the state to adopt a law that would prevent gun ownership by domestic abusers.

The way forward

New Mexico is now officially ranked as the worst state in the country to be a child, according to the Annie E. Casey Foundation. With the spring session of the Legislature starting and a newly seated governor in place, advocates for the state's children weigh in on what should be done to turn things around.