LAS VEGAS (KLAS) — Las Vegas police and family members are looking for answers in the murder of 22-year-old Graciela Gomez. She was killed at a Halloween party last year when suspects fired several rounds from a car into the home after being refused entry to the party.
Metro police, Nevada Army National Guard, and members of Gomez’s family held a news conference Thursday.
Her mother made an emotional plea to find the people responsible for her daughter’s death.
“My daughter was a good person, a bright future ahead of her. She was a person who always tried to fly high, she was always looking to be a better person,” said Cony Velasquez.
“Graciela was a daughter, niece, sister, and military veteran whose life was taken away for absolutely no reason and someone out there knows who is responsible for her death,” said Metro Lt. Ray Spencer.
The shooting happened around 12:52 a.m. on Oct. 31, 2021, at a home in the 200 block of Beesley Drive, near Hollywood and Charleston boulevards.
Spencer said that all the investigative leads on this murder case have dried up and the public’s help is needed.
According to Lt. Spencer, details of the party spread on social media causing droves of people to show up at the house. As a safety measure, the host began patting down people before letting them inside.
“A group of Hispanic males showed up to the party and they refused to be patted down at the party. That started a confrontation between the host and the people who were trying to get in. Moments later after leaving the party, because they were refused entry, a car drove by the front of the house and multiple shots were fired,” Spencer said.
Gomez was struck and killed. Two other people were injured.
Gomez was a member of the Nevada Army National Guard who had spent much of the previous year working on the COVID-19 Task Force in Las Vegas.
Brig. Gen. Troy Armstrong called the news of her death tragic.
“Today we are asking that anyone with information about her death provide that information to law enforcement. We owe that to her and her family for her faithful and dedicated service,” he said.
Lt. Spencer said numerous people fled from the party after the shooting and before police arrived.
“I urge anybody that was at that party that has not talked with an investigator to please reach out to homicide so we can talk with you cause you may have that little piece of the puzzle that solves this murder.”
There is a reward available if a tip leads to the arrest and conviction of someone. Metro’s Homicide Section can be reached at (702) 828-3521 or to remain anonymous, contact Crimestoppers at (702) 385-5555.