I-Team: Man's Slaying Remains Mystery - 8 News NOW

I-Team: Man's Slaying Remains Mystery

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Darren Rael with his sons. Darren Rael with his sons.

NORTH LAS VEGAS, Nev. -- A seemingly random murder has puzzled North Las Vegas police for the past couple years.

Other than a botched robbery, there is no apparent motive for Darren Rael's killing, according to police.

Rael, a mechanic, was trying to take extra work by responding to a Craigslist ad in October 2010.

A gunman walked up to Rael and a homeowner fixing a car on Iverson Lane near Gowan Road and Clayton Street.

When Rael told the gunman he had no money, he was shot dead.

The gunman pointed his weapon at the homeowner, pulled the trigger, but the gun didn't go off.

Neighbors told police the gunman had a fresh cut on the side of his face.

Two years later, the I-Team spoke with Rael's sister, who is organizing a candlelight vigil Monday night.

"Wouldn't you want your nephew to be able to sleep at night knowing that his dad's murderer was put away?" Rael's sister, Deborah Mills, said. "That's what I would say. (Our) mom is just destroyed over this. That was her baby"

Rael was a father of two teenaged boys.

North Las Vegas police said Monday they consider Rael's killing a cold case and have not received any leads in several months.

The police said they believe the killer told somebody about the crime and they're relying on that person coming forward to break the case.

The apparently random killing shocked people living in North Las Vegas' Iverson Lane into action, where they started a neighborhood watch and organized clean up events.

Rael's family is joining neighbors at 6 p.m. to hold a candlelight vigil.

If you have any information, you can call Crime Stoppers anonymously at 702-385-5555.

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