GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. (KKCO/KJCT)-- A nine-day trial comes to an end Monday, as Israel Massingill is found guilty of first-degree murder.
"We finally have justice for KiKi,” said Karen Quintana, Kiera’s mother.
There were many tears shed in courtroom 12 as Judge Larson read out the jury’s verdict.
"The jury found Israel Massingill guilty of first-degree murder, attempted first-degree murder, patronizing a prostituted child and a drug possession charge,” said Dan Rubinstein, District Attorney for Mesa County.
Israel Massingill was convicted of murdering Kiera Quintana in July 2017 just outside the Orchard Mesa City Market parking lot. She was only 17 years old.
"It’s been real rough, our daughter was real special to us….she was the baby,” said Mike Quintana, Kiera’s father.
Her parents say she was a kind person. Always wanted to please others.
"We died that day with her so we are just learning how to live without her now,” said Karen.
That kindness put her in the wrong place at the wrong time.
"It's been awful. It's been like reliving it, this whole time and I know we can’t ever put it behind us but at least we have a verdict now and we know he’s not going to be able to hurt anybody else he’s going to be put away,” said Karen.
"On the first-degree murder, the only possibility for the judge to sentence him to is life without the possibility of parole,” said Rubinstein.
For now, the family says they will never forget.
"It seems like it was yesterday. I don't think we will ever get over it,” said Mike.
They say they will try to move on.
"I feel very blessed that we did get justice for Kiera and I know that we are going to try to move on. And, I mean, we are different people now, we’re not the same person that lived with Kiera,” said Karen.
The night of her murder, an acquaintance of Kiera’s asked for a ride to Massingill’s house. When they got there she went inside and asked Kiera to stay in the car. Kiera did not know that the other girl agreed to have sex with Massingill for money.
When they returned back to the car, she told Kiera to go to the ATM so Massingill could pay her. Less than a minute after parking by the ATM, Massingill shot her in the head and attempted to kill the other girl before running away.
Massingill was found not guilty on the charges of sexual assault, menacing, and assault in the 3rd degree. Those charges all relate to the other girl who was in the car with Kiera and Massingill that night.
He'll be sentenced in June.