ALBUQUERQUE, NM (KRQE) — A father of five, working as a security guard, is the latest victim of violence in Albuquerque. Daniel Mora, better known as Heath Mora, was killed early Tuesday morning at the Ambassador Inn while making his rounds. The Albuquerque Police Department said Mora worked with police to stop the crime there. Unfortunately, he ended up falling victim to it.
Early Tuesday morning, Mora, 38, was making sure the building was secure and doing his nightly security checks. Her accused killer, Donovan Bookout, who has a long history of violence, was just outside the hostel’s second floor. Seconds later, police say Bookout, 43, entered the hallway and began shooting Mora in cold blood. The incident happened so quickly that Mora died at the scene.
“He’s a good man, he’s a good worker, he works well every day, but it’s very sad,” Ambassador Inn owner Young Cho said. Mora worked at the hostel for a year, but worked in security for 15 years.
APD chief Harold Medina said many of his officers know him and appreciate his efforts to keep the area safe. His truck is still parked at the hotel and his friends are in disbelief that he is gone. “Just knowing that all this time he’s been away, it’s so unfair and it’s hard to see his truck there. It’s hard to think about his kids,” Blanca Perez said.
Perez says everything Mora did, he did for his five children. “He was so dedicated, so dedicated I’ve never seen a man be so dedicated and he was a single dad. He had his children with him and he always spent time with them. He was a short guy and we always joked about it, but he was a badass. There’s this saying we say as Mexicans ‘chiquito pero picoso’ which means short but spicy, and I would always tell him that,” Perez added.
Mora’s family say he was known to be a protector. They say they never thought the crime would affect their family like it does now. Mora had his own small security company and sometimes had to take on more difficult accounts, the Ambassador’s Inn being one of them.
Bookout was in court Wednesday where the state filed a request for preventive detention. At the time of the shooting, he was wanted on an outstanding warrant for a shooting at another hotel last month. His past violent cases were never prosecuted due to questions about his jurisdiction.