KINGMAN—The mystery of how a woman died this past week at a Golden Valley home has family and friends wanting answers.
Authorities identified the victim as Jessica Orozco, 31, of Kingman.
“We want to know what exactly happened and how our beloved Jessica was killed,” said Jamie Smith, in a telephone interview with The Bee.
Orozco was found outside a Golden Valley residence on Oct. 27 suffering from a gunshot wound, according to a Mohave County Sheriff’s Office press release. She was immediately taken to Kingman Regional Medical Center where she died from her injuries.
The sheriffs office is remaining tight lipped regarding the investigation and it’s the not knowing that is troubling those close to Orozco.
“What happened? Is the person who did this under arrest? Why did this happen to Jessica?” asked Smith. “All we ask for is some answers. She has a lot of family and friends just wanting to know.”
Orozco is described by family and friends as a gift from Mother Earth.
“She was outgoing, loving and enjoyed life,” said Smith.
Orozco was working as a Range Specialist with the Natural Resources Department at the Hualapai Tribe in Peach Springs, Arizona prior to her death. She had a Master’s degree in Botany and spent her time speaking at federal management meetings all over the nation.
She is survived by her nephew, James Kitchens, whom she adopted in 2015 after Kitchens needed a guardian. Her family stated in an obituary that she was an “amazing, committed single mom whose life was so enriched by her courageous decision” to take James under her wing.
A memorial service was held Friday in Peach Springs. A second memorial is scheduled for Nov. 18 in Claremont, California at the Rancho Santa Ana Botanic Garden. Orozco graduated from San Francisco State University with a degree in Botany.
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