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October 22, 2017

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City closes James Gay Park after second stabbing in 4 months

An overnight stabbing has led the city of Las Vegas to indefinitely close one of its downtown parks, a city spokeswoman said Saturday.

The 5-acre James Gay Park, near Owens Avenue and B Street, is closed until further notice after the stabbing Friday night, according to a statement from the city.

Metro Police are investigating the incident, which reportedly occurred near a child’s play area.

It is the second stabbing at the park in the past four months, prompting city officials to close it until public safety can be ensured, the statement said.

Because the park is a frequent gathering spot for Las Vegas’ homeless population, the city is working with local homeless-services providers to mitigate the effects of the park’s closing, the statement said.

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