Coroner identifies restaurant employee killed in northeast Valley stabbing

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LAS VEGAS (KLAS) — The Clark County Coroner identified Ciro Vasquez Jr., 31, as the restaurant employee killed in a stabbing outside a northeast Valley establishment on Oct. 25. His death was ruled a homicide, caused by a stab wound to the chest.

Metro Lt. Ray Spencer said the incident took place on North Las Vegas Boulevard near Lamb Boulevard around 8 p.m.

Police say at that time, a homeless man, later identified as 29-year-old Angel Martinez, entered the business, asking for money. There was a “disturbance” inside, and Vasquez then escorted Martinez outside.

The situation escalated into a fight in the parking lot. At that point, Martinez pulled a knife on the victim and stabbed him in the chest. Spencer said Vasquez was stabbed once directly in the heart.

Vasquez was taken to UMC Trauma, where he was pronounced dead.

Martinez left the scene after the incident but was located later with the knife in his possession. He was then taken into custody and transported to the hospital.

Police say Martinez had stab wounds on his arm, but they are not sure how he received them. He was booked for one count of Open Murder once he is released from the hospital.

After the preliminary investigation, police say they discovered Martinez had frequented the business before and has been a nuisance in the past, prompting Vasquez to escort him outside.

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