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January 22, 2018

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Eastside carwash to help raise money for stabbing victim’s funeral


The family of a man who died in a stabbing spree on Monday afternoon is raising money for his funeral expenses.

Ambrosio Trujillo Martinez, 60, was stopped in his Ford pickup at Nellis Boulevard and Vegas Valley Drive when a man approached him, whipped out a knife and began stabbing him, according to a Metro Police report.

The family is holding a carwash on Saturday from noon to 6 p.m. at Winterwood Pavilion, a shopping complex on Nellis near Sahara Avenue, Trujillo Martinez’s niece, Elizabeth Ocampo, wrote in an email.

“This is a horrible tragedy that my family is going through,” Ocampo wrote. “He was a husband, a brother, a son, a friend, an uncle and most of all a loving father to his kids.”

Trujillo Martinez leaves behind two sons. His wife was with him in the pickup when the attack occurred, but she was not injured.

“His family wishes to give him a proper burial,” Ocampo wrote. “He deserves nothing but the best.”

The suspect, Brandon McIver, 21, stabbed another man who was in a vehicle and acted erratically in local businesses before being apprehended at a nearby Starbucks, according to a Metro Police report. The second victim, Adan Brieno-Hinojosa, 33, needed eight stitches after the attack. Brieno-Hinojosa told detectives he thought the man approaching him in his car needed money.

McIver remains in Clark County Detention Center without bail.

The District Attorney’s Office has charged McIver with first-degree murder, battery with use of a deadly weapon, and burglary while in possession of a deadly weapon, according to court records.

McIver’s next court date is a status check on May 2. The Public Defender’s Office, which was appointed to represent McIver, is looking into whether McIver has mental health issues, according to court records.

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