Las Vegas is off to a slow but positive start, homicide-wise, in 2014. The city has experienced just two murders so far in the first 13 days of the year. After a total of 115 murders in 2013, the current rate puts the city on a pace for a mere 27 this year.
But there’s a flaw in that statistical analysis. The two murders have occurred in a three-day span, showing how quickly the murder rate can pick up.
On Friday, 40-year-old Richard Magdayo Dahan voluntarily turned himself in to police and confessed to murdering his wife by stabbing her multiple times. Sunday morning saw another body turn up in Las Vegas. This case is still a mystery.
At about 8:30 am Sunday, there was some sort of altercation inside a car in the parking lot of a Las Vegas strip club, The Crazy Horse III at 3525 West Russell Road, about two miles southwest of the famous Las Vegas Strip, home to the city’s largest hotels and gambling casinos.
In the course of the encounter, a shot was fired by one of the people involved and a Las Vegas man was killed, his body later discovered inside a parked, white car.
The coroners office identified the victim as 28-year-old Antonio Darenell Logan of Las Vegas, according to The Las Vegas Sun. Logan died from a single gunshot wound to the chest. Metro police have no suspects yet.
They also said they did not believe the shooting was connected to gang activity, The Las Vegas Review-Journal reported.
The murder is the first firearms homicide of the New Year in the City of Sin. Least year, 58 of the city’s 115 homicides were committed using guns — just barely over the 50 percent mark, according to information on the Las Vegas Murder Watch web site.
According to the FBI’s annual Crime In The United States report, Nevada was the second-most dangerous state in the union in 2012. The 2013 report has not been issued yet. The state’s high crime rate, some experts say, is due to the large number of visitors attracted by the state’s gaming industry, in Las Vegas and Reno in particular, according to USA Today.
But Nevada in 2012 had a poverty rate of over 16 percent, and among the lowest high school graduation rates in the country, both of which are significant factors in creating crime, Las Vegas Fox 5 TV reported.