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Las Cruces bicyclist shot in cheek speaks out after road rage incident leaves scar

Daniel Garcia, 22, is studying to get into medical school at NMSU.
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Daniel Garcia, 22, is studying to get into medical school at NMSU.

LAS CRUCES – Daniel Garcia had just finished a blitz of studying on Oct. 3 when he decided to take a ride down University Avenue.

The 22-year-old New Mexico State University student is working to get into medical school and has started the arduous process of studying for entrance exams. He rides his bike to decompress. As he set out to ride that Monday, he had no idea the trip would end with a gunshot to the face.

Police reports and court records show a verbal altercation between Garcia and a motorist turned into a shooting and an arrest.

Though Garcia continues recovering, the physical and emotional scars will remain, he said, even as he hopes his story will warn others.

What happened on University Avenue

For Garcia, a typical ride means leaving his home near west University Avenue, riding east to the Pam American Center, and then back home. It usually takes him about an hour and acts as stress relief for the pre-med student.

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