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Metro Police Make Violent Domestic Calls Top Priority

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LAS VEGAS -- Three people have been killed in the past week, and police said they were all domestic violence-related.

Despite the recent deaths, killings as a result of domestic violence are down compared with the past few years as police said this type of violence seems to be more severe.

It's a far too common scene in the valley when Metro Police get called out to a slaying involving people who supposedly love each other.

Marcus Martin of Metro Police said 39 people were killed by domestic violence in 2009. Statistics show that number has fallen to 19 people so far this year.

"It's like a roller coaster. It really is a roller coaster by the time the officers arrive. Everybody is at the top of the cycle, or they're climbing, and then the officers have to deal with that," Martin said. "For years now, we saw our numbers trending down, but while those numbers trend down, we saw the propensity for violence to be greater."

Anubia Gonzalez nearly lost her life when her boyfriend attacked her last year. She said the relationship wasn't always violent as it started off picture perfect. Gonzalez's bruises and the beatings picked up after she gave birth to her son.

"I am lucky that I am alive. I am lucky I am a survivor," Gonzalez said. "He helped me through my ups and downs. He was the perfect boyfriend when he was with me in the good and the bad."

Gonzalez added there was a time when she could have escaped, but she was embarrassed to tell her family and doesn't want other victims to make the same mistake of not telling anyone.

Police are still looking for a person of interest in the double shooting that happened last Friday. Robert Brown Jr. is wanted in connection for the murder of Nichole Nick.

The two had a relationship prior to the shooting.

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