It seems with each passing day the murder rate in Amarillo goes through the roof.

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Another murder occurred in Amarillo, early Thursday morning, July 28th Amarillo Police responded to a call in Eastridge Park.  A male suspect had been assaulted, and according to the 9-1-1 caller, the male was not moving. Although life-saving efforts were made by medical responders the man could not be revived. The deceased was identified as Khamphanh Phoummphard, male age 54.

Potter County Sheriff's Office
Potter County Sheriff's Office

Homicide detectives were able to identify a suspect and arrested Adrian Manuell Hinojos, male, age 30.  He was booked into the Potter County Detention Center for murder.

The case is still under investigation.

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Here's where the DeJaVu comes in.

This case sounded very familiar, and doing some research and looking back at other murders in Amarillo, this has happened before in this same area.

A man was assaulted on Wednesday, September 28, 2016, in Eastridge Park around 5:30 pm.  Amarillo police responded to a call where a man was assaulted by three men in the park.  When arriving they found the victim Police said they responded to the park and found the victim unconscious and unresponsive. Life-saving measures were taken and the victim was taken to a local hospital and was in critical condition.  He later died from his injuries.  The victim was identified as Jamor Durrell Lee, male, age 30.

The following day on Thursday, September 29, 2016, Amarillo Police arrested Hrang Lian Mang, male, age 23, and David Sui Cue Lian, male, age 19. Mang was charged with Aggravated Assualt Causing Serious Bodily Injury.  Lian was arrested for murder. Both were booked into the Potter County Jail.

Two years later on Wednesday, September 20, 2018, Lian pled guilty to manslaughter and was sentenced to 15 years in prison.

Coincidence or Something More?

The same park, the same kind of murder, a man was beaten in the park.

Is this history repeating itself, or is it just this park that brings out the worst in people?

The Biggest Drug Busts in the Texas Panhandle for 2022....So Far

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Let's just say that these folks are in t-r-o-u-b-l-e.

Note from editor: An indictment is not a conviction. All individuals shown below who have not appeared in court for a judgement are to be presumed innocent until proven guilty.

Amarillo Murders in 2021

With an official tally of 27 murders, the year 2021 saw the highest number of homicides in Amarillo since 1994.

Below is a closer look at the year's criminal acts that resulted in life lost.

**Note from the Editor: The following is not an exhaustive list. We have compiled what you see below from news reports, official police statements, along with where the case stands in the court system. If you see any errors in reporting or fact, please email the editor directly at along with any supporting documents.

We wish to stress that all individuals charged are presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.

***Not pictured: Edward Matthew Gamez


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