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Man accused in 2 slayings was upset over losing job

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TO'HAJIILEE, N.M. — A man accused of killing two people in attempted holdups at two businesses told an aunt he was upset over losing his job, according to an arrest warrant.

Merle Ramone, 27, was charged with first-degree murder and 20 other charges in the deaths of Linda Chavez and Allen McDonald. Chavez was working at a trading post and McDonald was working at a travel center along Interstate 40 west of Albuquerque when they were killed Monday.

Ramone told his aunt "he had done something crazy and had shot two people," the affidavit said.

After the killings, police chased Ramone as he drove along dirt roads onto the Canoncito Navajo reservation, 26 miles west of Albuquerque. The chase ended when he veered off a road and officers surrounded Ramone in a ravine.