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June 30, 2015

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Coroner identifies 2 men in murder-suicide


Two men who died Wednesday in what police termed a murder-suicide have been identified as Anthony Rafael Garcia, 22, and William Joseph Pearce Jr., 25, both of Las Vegas, the Clark County Coroner’s Office said.

Pearce was shot multiple times in the head and chest, and Garcia died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound to the head, the coroner’s office determined.

Metro Police received reports of the shooting about 12:10 p.m. Wednesday from a woman who was at home with her three children and Pearce.

The woman told 911 dispatchers that her estranged husband, Garcia, had kicked in her front door and was armed with a gun. The woman gathered her children and fled, police said.

Metro SWAT officers arrived at the home in the 2000 block of Sunland Avenue, near West Rancho Boulevard and Alta Drive, and found both Garcia and Pearce shot to death, authorities said.

Coroner’s officials determined Pearce’s cause of death to be homicide and Garcia’s suicide.

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