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Family of Killed Teacher Wants Closure

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LAS VEGAS -- They were all violent robberies and one with a deadly ending. One week later, the group of suspects responsible is still on the run. Now Las Vegas police is asking for your help to put these criminals behind bars.

Over the past week, the small memorial for the teacher killed during one of those robberies has continued to grow. However, each day that has passed is one more day those responsible remain free and on the streets. Something many hope will soon change.

"We've got a lot of things working. We just don't have that one piece of the puzzle to put it together for us," said Metro Robbery Lt. Clint Nichols.

Several leads have come in, but no arrests. Police are now asking for your help to catch the group who brutally beat and robbed eight people last week.

"In reviewing all of these issues, we do not believe that the robbery was the primary motivator," said Lt. Nichols.

Instead, police say it was likely violence that motivated the group to carry out their vicious attacks.

"Most of the property that was taken was later located thrown out of the car vehicle some distance away," said Nichols.

One of the victim's robbed was Eldorado High School teacher Timothy VanDerbosch. Police say after being beaten, he was hit and killed by a passing car.

"It's just so surreal. It's still living a dream," said his brother Dave VanDerbosch. "It's totally senseless. These guys are monsters. They don't deserve to be here as far as I'm concerned."

The loss has been a tough ordeal for VanDerbosch's family.

"The day I left Indiana, my 8-year-old daughter told my wife, 'Is daddy going to be killed out there as well?' It affects everybody. They have no clue. I mean, they don't care," he said.

Since the crimes, police have put up billboards asking for the public's help to catch suspects.

"We are certainly hedging our bets that somebody, somewhere, this will sit on their conscience and they will pick up the phone and give us a tip," said Lt. Nichols.

VanDerbosch's family admits while catching the suspects won't bring their loved one back, it will bring some sense of closure.

"Somebody is going to turn them in eventually. It might not be now or tomorrow. But in the near future hopefully," said Dave VanDerbosch.

Police are looking for a group of four to five Hispanic men in their 20's and possibly one female. It's believed that group was driving a white 1999 or 2000 Nissan Maxima with possible front end damage.

If you have any information, you're asked to call Crime Stoppers at 385-5555.

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