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Aaron Drawhorn, Reporter

2 Dead in Northwest Las Vegas Murder Suicide

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Tragic and strange circumstances surround a northwest Las Vegas murder-suicide. Two elderly people are dead and neighbors say this was not the first sign of trouble at the home.

It happened in the Peccole Ranch community near Sahara and Hualapai. Neighbors say they were not your typical family.

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Their grown son said he heard some commotion in the master bedroom, ran upstairs, the father told him to get out and seconds later, gunshots shattered the quiet of the neighborhood.

Homicide detectives were called to the scene as crime scene tape quickly went up. Neighbors knew exactly where something would be wrong.

"I have to say I'm not surprised. The father was kind of a strange kind of guy. I knew they had a lot of financial problems," said neighbor Andreah Werner.

The home looks like most others on Madagascar Lane, but peculiar circumstances made it stand out long before the afternoon murder-suicide.

"Initially, it was shocking, but in a way it doesn't surprise me because there was a lot of strangeness going on over there," said neighbor Diane Cacioppo.

Primarily, no one could understand why the family's grown son, known as Artie, lived outside the house for hours upon hours.

"I would drive by at midnight, and think, ‘Why can't they let him in? Why don't they help him out?'" said neighbor Tari Brown.

"He was left outside, in the winter, the summer, whether it snowed or rained, or it was beating down 100 degrees outside," said Werner.

Metro says Artie heard the shots and found his parents dead. Police questioned him extensively, while talk about the way Artie was treated seemed to trump most conversation about his parents' sudden passing.

Police have been there to that home before to do a welfare check on Artie. Many neighbors obviously have had concerns about that situation for a long time, but this was the first time police have been by for something violent.

For now, police have turned the home over to Artie as neighbors try to understand what went on inside this home.

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