Saturday, October 26, 2013
Torn Man 1999
Sam had a son-in-law, named Carlos*, a Mexican National. Carlos fancied himself a rancher, and would offer to help Sam out when he needed it. Sam kept on good terms with Carlos to keep peace in the family, not liking Carlos much, but he was family; the husband of his daughter and the father of his grandchildren. Near the end of our stay in Zuni I had an argument with Carlos, and a few weeks later, while I was at the barn, working with the horses, bullets whinged by my head. Carlos was shooting in the adjacent pasture, and had "accidentally" aimed some shots my way. It shook me up, but I had a hard time thinking he deliberately shot at me.
A few years after we left Zuni, I got the news that Sam had been outside his home in the Village, talking with an old friend, a non-Zuni Mormon man that Sam had known for years. The man, Sheldon*, walked a thin line when it came to taking advantage of his friends, and had gotten Sam into trouble a few times; things like borrowing Sam's stock trailer, transporting stolen cattle in it, and then getting caught. As Sam stood talking to Sheldon, Carlos drove up in his truck, got out with a pistol in his hand and shot Sheldon in the chest several times. Evidently, Carlos felt that Sheldon was taking advantage of him on a deal involving a horse. Sheldon died, Carlos went to prison, and Sam went on with his life.
*All names are fictitious