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Shooting Location

The house at 1920 Arrowhead Ave. where 19-year-old Kinsey Beebe was shot and killed on the night of February 28. The Flagstaff Police Department has arrested two suspects in the shooting who have both admitted their involvement in the shooting during interviews with detectives.

Jake Bacon, Arizona Daily Sun

Kinsey Beebe was waiting for her mother to come pick up her up when she was shot and killed last week, according to Flagstaff Police reports.

Beebe, 19,  was shot and killed on Feb. 28, allegedly after an argument with her live-in boyfriend, Adonis Encinas Velarde, 20, and his friend, Abraham Puentes Ortiz, 22, over a gun.

The first officer on the scene of the shooting said he found Beebe unresponsive on a bed with her cellphone in her lap. The phone was ringing with a call from Beebe’s mother.

Officers later stopped Beebe’s mother on the sidewalk outside of the home and told her that her daughter had been transported to Flagstaff Medical Center. An officer was able to drive her to FMC, where she found out that her daughter had died.

Beebe’s mother told officers that her daughter had called her earlier that evening and asked her to come pick her up because her boyfriend was mad at her and had accused her of stealing his gun. Then she heard Beebe drop the phone. Beebe’s mother had tried calling her back, but got no answer.

According to police, Beebe’s roommate was one of the first people to call about the shooting. According to police reports, she told officers that Beebe had met Velarde at work and had been living with him in the house for about a month.

The roommate said Velarde had come home that evening with a friend who was wearing a blue bandana and had the nickname “Smokey.” The roommate said Velarde was acting oddly and appeared to be under the influence of something.

She said while she was putting her children to bed, she heard Velarde arguing with Beebe. Then she heard three shots. She found Beebe on the bed and grabbed one of her children’s phones to call 911. Velarde and his friend had already fled the house.

According to a police press release, Velarde and Ortiz had been drinking with Beebe earlier in the evening when the two men fired a shot outside the home with a Ruger handgun. Beebe confronted the men about their behavior, pointing out that there were other people living in the immediate area. The men put the gun inside the house and went for a walk. While they were gone, Beebe hid the weapon.

When they returned, there was an argument with Beebe over the gun. Beebe made a phone call and Ortiz allegedly pointed his own handgun at her and shot her. The men then fled the house in a dark vehicle.

According to police, the men then drove to a home on North Sanford Place in Smokerise and fired two shots at the home. One of the home’s residents told officers that his brother had filed a police report about some items that were stolen last week and named a suspect in the theft. The resident thought the suspect may have called some friends to do a drive-by shooting of the home over the report. The resident said he knew Velarde from work but didn’t think he was the shooter.

Officers later received a call from a gas station clerk on Milton Road. He told officers that Velarde had come into the store looking to purchase a bottle of water and asked for a pay phone. He allegedly told the clerk that he had been involved with a shooting with his girlfriend but did not do the shooting and wanted to turn himself in.

According to a police press release, Velarde told officers that after the drive-by shooting, Ortiz and Velarde drove to Ortiz’s home in the 700 block of Blackbird Roost. Velarde fled the home concerned that Ortiz might shoot him. Ortiz was later arrested at his home as he was leaving for work. Officers found a loaded Glock handgun on him. They also removed a loaded AR-15 rifle from the home and found a Ruger handgun at Beebe’s home. According to police spokesman Sgt. Cory Runge, someone had attempted to scratch the serial number on the Ruger off. Runge said that none of the guns were reported as stolen.

Velarde was booked into the Coconino County Jail on suspicion of first-degree murder, kidnapping, disorderly conduct with a weapon, discharging a firearm in the city limits, drive-by shooting of an occupied structure and assisting a criminal street gang. U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement has also placed a "detainer request" for Velarde on suspicion he is in the country illegally.

According to Flagstaff Police Department policy, if an officer stops or detains a person and develops a reasonable suspicion that the person is in the country illegally the officer is to contact U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement. Coconino County Sheriff's Office employees are similarly required to contact federal immigration officials on anyone booked into the jail who they reasonably suspect is undocumented. 

Ortiz was booked on suspicion of first-degree murder, kidnapping, disorderly conduct with a weapon, weapons misconduct, drive-by shooting of an occupied structure and assisting a criminal street gang. According to the Coconino County Sheriff’s Office, Ortiz appears to be a U.S. citizen.

Both men have had prior minor run-ins with local law enforcement, according to local court records. Velarde has three traffic tickets from Flagstaff Municipal court for two counts of driving without a license and a DUI. He also has a criminal complaint for contributing to the delinquency of a minor. Ortiz has a criminal ticket for drinking under the age of 21 and two traffic tickets, one for failing to stop for a red light and the other for failing to stop for stop sign.

The reporter can be reached at or (928)556-2253.


Education/Business Reporter

Suzanne writes about education and business. She covers the local school district, charter schools and Northern Arizona University. She also writes the Sunday business features.

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