facebook-24x24

You are here: HomeNewsFront Page News ArticlesProbable homicide/suicide updated

Probable homicide/suicide updated

On May 25, 2013, at about 11:09pm, officers of the Silver City Police Department responded to the Gateway Apartments, which is located at 2709 Leslie Road, in reference to several shots fired complaints from the area. One caller indicated the shots came from the apartment above them and they could also here a female crying.

Upon arrival the officers found two persons dead from gunshot wounds to the head at the top of the stairs outside the front door to Apt. 31. According to the initial investigation it appears the incident may have been a domestic violence incident. The two victims, Steve Becerra, 50 years of age, and Mary Portillo, 49 years of age,  who were boyfriend/girlfriend and were living in Apt. 31 with Portillo’s 8 year old daughter. The daughter was inside the apartment at the time of the shooting and was not hurt.


Both victims were found next to each other with a 9 mm handgun believed to have been used in the incident.  Preliminary indications are that Becerra may have shot Portillo and then himself. Both bodies have been sent to the Office of the Medical Examiner in Albuquerque for autopsies. The next of kin has been notified.  

Additional Information Developed Through Investigation:

According to the investigation Becerra and Portillo had broken up within the last month prior to the shooting and Becerra was living in Hanover at the time. The two had a history of domestic violence prior to the shooting.

According to the investigation, Becerra went to the residence and knocked on the door and Portillo answered the door and went outside prior to the shooting.

Join GCB Three Times Weekly Updates

Welcome to Three Times Weekly Updates! You will be subscribed to email notifications with links to recently posted articles.
captcha 
You can unsubscribe anytime. We never share or rent your email to anyone.

Fire Alerts

Editor's Note

I seem to have spoken too soon about things being back to normal. We are having intermittent outages, for several minutes at a time.

And just now discovered by this editor: Front Page featured articles are showing up ONLY if you click the menu item News> Front Page articles.

We are constantly troubleshooting to discover the cause of these problems. Ah, technology!

Thank you for your patience, and thanks for being a Beat reader!

If you subscribe to the Join GCB Three Times Weekly Updates option on the left side of this page, you will be subscribed to email notifications with links to recently posted articles.

Comics are now available. As the editor, I chose my favorites first--B.C. and Wizard of Id. The Beat is seeking sponsors for these comics and for your favorites, too. Contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for rates. 

Check Out Classifieds.

It's really easy to check to see if there's a classified ad. Just click on Classifieds in the blue menu and the page will open letting you know if there is a classified ad. Remember that your buying classified ads gives you a wide readership, as well as supporting the Beat.

Post YOURS for quick results!

Consider the Beat your DAILY newspaper for up-to-date information about Grant County. It's at your fingertips! One Click to Local News.

Thanks for your support for and your readership of Grant County's online news source—www.grantcountybeat.com.

Go to top