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UPDATE: Victims of Las Vegas double homicide identified

2 bodies found in home on east side of Las Vegas
Posted at 12:52 PM, Dec 22, 2017
and last updated 2017-12-27 14:44:53-05

UPDATE DEC. 27: The Clark County Coroner has named 58-year-old Renee Simmons as the second victim of the double homicide on Vader Avenue. A gunshot wound to the head is listed as her cause of death.

UPDATE DEC. 26: The usual peace on Vader Avenue was broken by violence and it has some seeking protection from a higher power.

"It certainly increases my prayer life," said neighbor Sandra who did not want to provide her last name.

Some neighbors are understandably afraid after the couple was found dead in their home, Friday.

"For the most part, they got along great," said neighbor Margo Willis. "They were a very loving couple, they were very good people," added Willis.

Willis said she knows the couple as Tom and Renee. Willis says the couple were both in failing health and were largely confined to their home with mobility issues.

"She was not in good health, he was not in the best of health either," said Willis, 

"He could get up and get around slowly, she however I think had to use a wheelchair," added Willis.

Las Vegas Police say the pair died of apparent gunshot wounds. The Clark County coroner listed Tom Dufault's cause of death as a gunshot wound to the head.

Authorities had not official released the identity and cause of death for the female as of Tuesday, pending notification of next of kin.

According to police, a caregiver arrived at the home Friday around 10:40 a.m. and saw a body through the window.

Detectives noted nothing looked out of the ordinary at the home, which makes neighbors curious about potential clues.

"I swear that we had a conversation one time she said "well, we can see who's at the front door," Whether it be on her phone or through the TV, so that tells me there's a camera somewhere there," added Willis.

Neighbors say the home appeared it may be equipped with an electronic doorbell camera, however as of Tuesday it was no longer there.

Detectives anyone with any information about this incident is urged to contact the LVMPD Homicide Section by phone at 702-828-3521, or by email at homicide@lvmpd.com. To remain anonymous, contact Crime Stoppers by phone at 702-385-5555, or on the internet at www.crimestoppersofnv.com. 

UPDATE DEC. 26: The Clark County Coroner has identified 59-year-old Thomas Dufault as the male victim in the double homicide on Vader Avenue. 

UPDATE DEC. 23: An investigation revealed new details about a double homicide that happened near Russell and Sandhill roads on Friday.

Police say a caregiver arrived at the residence just before 10:40 a.m., but no one answered the door. The caregiver looked through a window and saw a person laying on the floor and called for help.

Medical crews at the scene located a man and a woman, both of whom were pronounced dead. Investigators also found that each body had a gunshot wound.

The identities of the victims, as well as the cause and manner of death, will be released by the Clark County Coroner's Office.

Police are still looking for possible suspects, and a motive is unknown at this time.

Anyone with information about this case should call police at 702-828-3521. To remain anonymous, call Crime Stoppers at 702-385-5555.


Police say two people are dead on the east side of the valley.

The bodies were discovered around 10:40 a.m. inside a home on Vader Avenue near East Russell and South Sandhill roads.

Police say the deceased are a man and a woman in their 50s. 

Homicide detectives have been called to the scene. This is a developing story. Check back for updates.