UPDATE: A suspect has been identified as Brian Douglas Dunann, who is wanted for questioning but is still not located. More info HERE.
A local man died last week of a fatal gunshot in the Upriver area north of Parker, AZ. La Paz County Sheriff William Ponce says the Department is investigating. The matter is currently assigned to the Criminal Investigations Unit.
Johnny Jay Beckham died on Wednesday, June 30th at the age of 33. He was surrounded by family, according to an online post, at Havasu Regional Medical Center, where he was apparently transported. Parker Live does not have more information on the circumstances surrounding his death.
“Due to the sensitive nature of the case we are being very critical about what we release to the public,” Sheriff Ponce said. “We appreciate your patience and understanding regarding this matter and its sensitivity.”
The Beckhams lived in Riverside before moving to Parker in 1993, where they have been since. Johnny leaves behind a son, Bobby, born in 2010.
Johnny’s sister Miranda started a Memorial Fundraiser (link below) for expenses, and wrote:
“Johnny Jay Beckham, or Johnny B, was a light in this often dark world. He was funny, kind, talented, hardworking and selfless. He was a father, a brother, a son and a friend that was taken from us all too soon. Words cannot express the grief that his family is experiencing at this time. If you would like to support them, a simple share or a donation in any amount would be appreciated. All donations will be used for the services where we will say our final goodbyes to our beloved Johnny B. The family thanks each and every person able to contribute by sharing or donating.”
Services are set for Saturday, July 10th at 12 p.m. at Grace Assembly of God in Parker.
Fundraiser link: gofundme.com/f/johnny-beckhams-memorial-fundraiser