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September 23, 2017

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Man stabbed to death during camping trip at Lake Mead

An argument among friends camping Monday night in the Lake Mead National Recreation Area led to the stabbing death of a man, Metro Police reported.

The incident happened about 9 p.m. in a desolate area off Northshore Road, within the recreation area, Metro spokesman Bill Cassell said.

The Clark County Coroner’s Office has identified the deceased man as Michael Vincent Favazza, 35, of Henderson.

No arrests have been made.

Detectives were investigating the circumstances surrounding Favazza’s death, which was sparked by a domestic violence-related incident, Cassell said.

Three friends — two males and a female — were camping when an altercation erupted between Favazza and the female, prompting the other man to intervene in an attempt to defuse the situation, Cassell said.

Tension seemed to ease initially, but a short time later, an altercation between the two males developed, Cassell said. In the process, Favazza was stabbed with a knife, he said.

The other male, whose name was not released, immediately summoned help from National Park Service rangers, Cassell said.

The Clark County District Attorney's Office will determine if the case merits criminal charges once detectives complete their investigation.

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