Recent string of attacks linked to domestic violence
A recent string, of what police are calling dangerous domestic violence altercations, is shedding light on a growing problem in the Las Vegas Valley. Video by ktnv.comvideo
Las Vegas, NV (KTNV) -- A recent string, of what police are calling dangerous domestic violence altercations, is shedding light on a growing problem in the Las Vegas Valley.
Troy White turned himself in to authorities Friday night after being named a suspect in his estranged wife's death earlier that day. He's currently in custody, being questioned.
Echo White, 29, was shot in the chest, in her home near Alta and Buffalo. Her five children were in the house when it happened.
On Saturday, detectives named Alberto Gutierez as a person of interest in the stabbing death of his wife. It happened in their North Las Vegas home. Their children were also there at the time.
Then, there's Mario Alejandro Lopez. He's currently behind bars for stabbing his ex-wife, Maria, and their 15-year-old son. It happened on July 21, in their Las Vegas home. The teen is okay, but Maria is still in critical condition at University Medical Center.
These recent cases correspond with another disturbing trend. The Shade Tree Shelter has been busier than ever before. During the past three months, the agency has helped 1,500 new clients -- mostly women and children seeking refuge from abusive relationships.
"Nevada is number one in homicide rates for spouses killing their wives," says Marlene Richter, the Executive Director of The Shade Tree Shelter. "It's up to us to turn that statistic upside down. Children and families are at stake. Everyone needs to be watching for the warning signs, and willing to get help."
Here's contact information for The Shade Tree Shelter, which is open 24 hours:
1 West Owens
North Las Vegas, NV 89030
(on the southwest corner of Owens and Main St.)
E-mail Address : firstname.lastname@example.org
Safe Nest: If you are in a violent relationship and need help, please call our domestic violence hotline at 702-646-4981.
U.S. National Domestic Violence Hotline: 1-800-799-7233