RIO RANCHO, N.M. — The late Velasquez brothers showed a lot of potential and had a drive for excellence, say Cleveland High staff members familiar with the two.
Rio Rancho Police say their father, Carlos Velasquez, apparently murdered them and their mother, Marilyn Velasquez, before he turned the gun on himself on Christmas Day in Northern Meadows. Fourteen-year-old Adrian was a freshman at CHS, and Roberto, 22, graduated from the University of New Mexico in May and was furthering his education at Stanford, hoping someday to work for NASA.
“Adrian was one of those kids that worked so hard and never gave up,” recalled Amy Hinkle, Adrian’s junior varsity soccer coach at CHS. “Adrian was a great teammate and friend. In fact, many outside of Cleveland soccer knew him as ‘AJ’ on the soccer field. He was always willing to push himself and go that extra mile.