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(CNN) - "They shot me five times," says a desperate 12-year-old Melissia Repass in a call to 911. "Just hang on, take a deep breath," says the dispatcher. "How many people are hurt?"
"1,2,3,4,5,6,7," is her chilling response from an office floor in a New Mexico bowling alley.
Repass and six others were shot execution style during a robbery at the Las Cruces Bowl on Feb. 10, 1990. Police responded and found Melissia's friend, 13-year-old Amy Houser, Air National Guardsman Steven Teran, 26, and his 6-year-old daughter Paula, shot dead. Teran's 2-year-old daughter, Valarie, succumbed 45 minutes later at the hospital.
"The people that did it shot her point blank. I mean they were looking at her when they shot her," said Audrey Teran, Valarie's mother. "I know they see her eyes. I know whoever did this can't get these eyes out of their head."
Incredibly, Melissia survived. So did her mother, 34-year-old bowling alley manager Stephanie Senac, and Ida Holguin, 33, the Las Cruces Bowl's cook.
"When they shot me in the head, it was the loudest noise I ever heard," Holguin says. "I thought my head had exploded. I was soaked with blood."
Despite gunshot wounds to their heads, the survivors were able to provide detectives a detailed description of their killers, who took between $4,000 and $5,000 in cash.
Officers set up road blocks on all highways leading out of Las Cruces. Yet the killers escaped, and have avoided justice for nearly 21 years.
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