Neighbors react to senseless, violent crime in quiet community

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A woman’s murder has shaken neighbors at a northwest valley apartment complex, as people told 8 News NOW violent crime is rare in the area. 

The valleys statistics crime numbers are down near Lake Mead Boulevard and Jones Boulevard for 2019, but members of the community at Silver Palms Apartment Complex said they’re still on edge. 

“This has really shocked our community,” Dinelle Pinkler said of her neighbor’s murder. 

Metro Police said a complex employee found 68-year-old Cheryl Jones dead in her apartment Monday, after a relative requested a welfare check. The Clark County Coroner office confirmed someone killed her. 

“We were really scared,” neighbor Emilie Araujo added. “All the doors were like locked.”

Officers said Brown had multiple lacerations on her body when they found her. She reportedly died from multiple injuries. 

“I was absolutely floored,” Pinkler said. “When they said especially in this part of our complex.”

This marks the area’s first murder of 2019, according to Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department statistics. Last year the jurisdiction only saw five homicides. That’s a small fraction of our city’s total of 33 through 2018. 

“We are a family community. We aren’t used to these kinds of things happening in our neighborhood,” Pinkler said.  “A lot of things that may happen other places we kind of tend to keep in house and keep at bay.”

Some residents said though violence isn’t common in the community, this recent situation will make them rethink their safety habits. They hope this change will prevent this kind of thing from happening to anyone else. 

“Sometimes I’ll go for runs at night,” Araujo said. “But now I know not to go out at night.

“If you see something please say something, if nothing else for the children in our community,” Pinkler said. “We can’t help where crime happens, we just have to deal with it and move on in the best way possible.”

Police believe the person who did this may have known Brown, but they are still searching for a suspect. 

If you have any information call Metro Police at 702-828-3521 or Crime Stoppers at 702-385-5555 to remain anonymous. 

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