Published Monday, Oct. 25, 2010 | 12:16 p.m.
Updated Monday, Oct. 25, 2010 | 4:08 p.m.
The Clark County Coroner's Office has identified three men who were killed in less than 24 hours in North Las Vegas over the weekend in what police said were unrelated crimes.
North Las Vegas Police responded to the first homicide at 8:51 p.m. Friday in the 3600 block of Iverson Lane, which is near Clayton Street and Gowan Avenue. Officers found 44-year-old Darren Rael, of Las Vegas, dead from a gunshot wound to the chest on a front lawn, according to the coroner and police.
A preliminary investigation indicates a man tried to rob Rael, police said. For unknown reasons, the suspect shot him at least once before running from the scene, police said. No one was been arrested.
The second shooting occurred Friday inside a bathroom at the Opera House Casino just before 11:30 p.m. Mario DeJesus-DeJesus, 33, of Las Vegas, died from multiple gunshot wounds, according to the coroner.
Henderson resident Stefon Clark, 21, was arrested in connection with murder with a deadly weapon and robbery with a deadly weapon, police said. Police believe Clark was robbing people in the bathroom when he allegedly shot DeJesus-DeJesus, officials said.
The third shooting at about 4:30 p.m. Saturday involved a disturbance including at least 10 people in the 1600 block of Putnam Avenue, police said. Officers arrived to find 18-year-old Jerry Corral, of North Las Vegas, dead from a gunshot to the head, officials said.
No one was been arrested in connection with the shootings on Iverson Lane and Putnam Avenue, Sgt. Tim Bedwell said Monday. North Las Vegas has recorded 13 homicides this year.
Bedwell said this is the first time in his memory there has been a string of three unrelated homicides within 24 hours.
Homicides are among the most unpredictable crimes, Bedwell said. For example, the last homicide prior to this weekend in North Las Vegas occurred July 17.
"Homicides are just so unusual," he said. "You just never know."
Anyone with information is being asked to call the North Las Vegas Police Department at (702) 633-9111 or, to remain anonymous, Crime Stoppers at (702) 385-5555 or visit www.crimestoppersofnv.com.