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November 25, 2015

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Police hosting checkpoints tonight for clues in fatal brewery shooting


Metro Police will be holding two voluntary traffic checkpoints tonight in the northwest valley in an attempt to find possible witnesses in the slaying of Michael Portaro.

Portaro, a 22-year-old aspiring rapper, was found dead outside the Tenaya Creek Brewery, near Tenaya Way and Cheyenne Avenue, by bar patrons last Wednesday night. Officials determined Portaro died from multiple gunshot wounds.

Checkpoints will be in northbound and southbound lanes of the 3100 block of North Tenaya and will begin at about 9 p.m.

Metro’s hope is that those who follow daily and weekly travel routines in the area can provide information or might have seen something suspicious a week earlier.

Portaro was a former athlete at Faith Lutheran High School. His younger brother, Joe, was Faith Lutheran’s quarterback last season and committed to walk-on with the UNLV football team later this year.

Anyone with information in the case is being urged to contact Metro homicide investigators at 828-3521 or Crime Stoppers at 385-5555 or

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