Family of murder victim petitions police for investigation updates
The unsolved murder of a valley man, leaves his family haunted by the crime. Now, they're working to make sure other families, who go through similar pain, get more answers. Video by ktnv.comvideo
North Las Vegas, NV (KTNV) -- The unsolved murder of a valley man leaves his family haunted by the crime. Now, they're working to make sure other families, who go through similar pain, get more answers.
Darren Rael's murder has bewildered police for more than two years. The 44-year-old mechanic and father of two was shot outside a home in North Las Vegas, while trying to fix a car.
According to police, a stranger walked up to Darren and asked him for money. When Darren said no, the stranger pulled out a gun.
To this day, the identity of that gun-wielding stranger remains a mystery.
Darren's family has started collecting signatures for a petition. They want North Las Vegas detectives to be required to update families of cold-case murder victims every six months to a year.
"We understand that police have a huge case load, and they can't reveal information that would jeopardize an investigation," says Darren's younger sister, Nicole Sena. "Even if they have no new information to share, being in touch with families once or twice a year, would assure those families that their loved ones' death hasn't been forgotten or overlooked. A phone call, or update, would mean the world, because it's such an agonizing wait."
North Las Vegas Police say they work diligently to solve every case and to keep families informed as much as possible.
For anyone interested in signing the petition, Darren's family will be outside the main entrance of Meadows Mall at the corner of Valley View and Meadows Lane this Tuesday October 30th from 10 a.m.-1 p.m.