Paula was the oldest daughter of Audrey (Martinez) and Steven Teran.
Steven was employed as a mechanic at the Las Cruces Bowl bowling alley at 1201 E. Amador Avenue. On the morning of February 10, 1990, he had taken his little girls to work with him because his wife was attending a Saturday class and the bowling alley had a daycare center the little girls could stay in while he worked.
Upon arriving at the Las Cruces Bowl around 8:00 am, they stumbled upon a "robbery" in progress. As the robbery progressed, the two "robbers" shot all seven people, including the four children, execution-style, inside the Las Cruces Bowl and left them to die in a fire they then set to cover the robbery and murders.
Paula died from multiple gunshot wounds along with her little sister, Valerie, 2 years 9 months; her father, Steven, 26; and Las Cruces teenage day-care helper, Amy Houser, 13. The three other shooting victims survived.
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Paula Antoinette Teran, 6, an area resident, died Saturday morning in Las Cruces.
She was born July 13, 1983, in Silver City, and was a first-grade student at the University Hills Elementary School. She was a member of the Catholic Church.
Calling hours will be today from 2-5 p.m. in Baca's Hillcrest Funeral Chapels. The rosary service will be at 7:30 this evening at Our Lady of Fatima Catholic Church in Bayard and Mass of the Christian burial will be there Wednesday morning at 10 with Bishop Ricardo Ramirez as the main celebrant. Concluding services will follow at Memory Lane Cemetery in Silver City.
She is survived by her mother, Audrey Teran of Las Cruces; her grandparents, Rumaldo and Regina Martinez of Silver City, and Polo and Ruth Teran of Bayard; her great-grandmothers, Mary Saenz of Bayard and Natalia Aguilera of Deming; her great-great-grandmother, Rita V. Bencomo of Silver City; and her aunts and uncles, who include Teddy Martinez of Silver City, Martin and Noell Teran of Tucson, Ariz., Anthony Teran of Las Cruces, Reuben and Isaac Teran of Bayard, and Patricia and Arminda Martinez, and Johnnie and Cecilia Perez, all of Silver City; and her godparents, Jessie and Julie Salgado of Tyrone.
She was preceded in death by her great-grandparents, Jose and Ramona Holguin.
Casket bearers will be Jesse Salgado, Anthony Teran, Reuben Teran and Johnnie Perez.
Entrusted to the care of Baca's Hillcrest Funeral Chapels.
* NOT OF THIS WORLD *
YOU MY ROSES WERE ONE OF A KIND.
NOT OF THIS WORLD, NOT REALLY MINE.
ON BORROWED TIME YOU CAME TO ME,
BUT TAKEN OH SO SUDDENLY.
YOUR MISSION MY ANGELS, WAS CLEAR
TO SEE. TO SHINE SO BRIGHTLY OVER
ME. SO PRAY FOR ME, AS I WALK
ALONE. FOR MAMA SOMEDAY WILL COME HOME
Audrey Martinez Teran
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