A monument was deeded to New Mexico's Palace of the Governors on Thursday commemorating Gov. Albino Pérez. Pérez imposed the first tax on New Mexicans in 1837, which provoked one group of villagers to mount a protest.
The “infuriated mob” killed Pérez, beheaded him and reportedly played soccer with his severed head near Rosario Cemetery and then stuck it on a pole.
[John Aurelio] Garau, a retired real-estate businessman from Laguna Beach, Calif., said he has tried to find out more about his ancestor without success. Historical accounts say Pérez’s headless body eventually was buried near Santa Fe, but there is no record of the burial site, Garau said. [Link]