The much beloved Larry Link has been murdered near the U.S.-Mexican Border in Hidalgo County, New Mexico. Link, known to many as “Uncle Larry,” was shot twice, and found near his car. There are no suspects, but some in the area believe an illegal migrant may have committed the murder.
Mr. Link, 68, had operated a popular tourist attraction known as Steins Ghost Town until three years ago when vandals and thieves forced its closing. While the murderer is not known, what is known is that the area where Uncle Larry’s body was found has a big problem with drug trafficking and illegal migrants.
“Last summer in August, I found five bundles of marijuana on my ranch land about 50 feet from the freeway. That can’t be more than eight or 10 miles from Larry’s,” he said. “They were scattered about. One was under the billboard, one was beside the fence. Illegals with empty backpacks had dropped their load. I-10 is, obviously, a connecting point. We’re getting a lot of traffic, more than what we’ve seen in the past couple of years. They have ultra-light planes flying out of Mexico and dropping off bundles and then illegals walking and picking them up.”
Three years ago, Kerr said, he found seven undocumented immigrants hiding in a culvert on his land off of Highway 338….
Link and his wife Linda celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary on July 15, 2010.
Link bought Stein’s Ghost Town, at milepost 3 on I-10, sometime in the 1980s or 1990s, Commissioner Kerr said.
“He bought it from a fellow named Garrison and he just loved it. He loved to give tours and loved to visit with people,” Kerr said. “He would charge, like, a dollar for the tour. He was a wonderful storyteller and very entertaining. He was a history buff of sorts, but he added his special twist of humor.”
The Link family wants it understood that Larry Link was NOT a rancher. They do not want his death to be used for political gain in the issue of illegal aliens.
There are no suspects, so we’ll have to wait and see what surfaces. If Mr. Link WAS murdered by illegal aliens, then it certainly is an illegal immigration issue, and it’s a political issue – unfortunately only to be fixed through politics. Too bad land owners can’t enforce the trespassing of their own land. If they could, we wouldn’t need politics.