Palacio family hosts fundraiser to raise money for potential reward


LAS VEGAS (KLAS) — A grieving family is demanding justice for a loved one and they are asking for your help.

22-year-old Lesly Palacio was found dead last month, after being reported missing. Police are still searching for the two suspects.

Metro police say the two men connected in Lesly Palacio’s death are likely out of the country, but family and friends are not giving up.

They held an event Saturday to raise reward money to find those responsible and give Lesly the justice she deserves.

With every car cleaned and every snack sold, loved ones hope to inch their way toward justice, for 22-year-old Lesly Palacio.

She was reported missing in late august, last seen near the longhorn casino and hotel. Then, just over a week later, her body was found near the valley of fire state park.

Metro police are still searching for two men in connection to her death — 25-year-old Erick Rangel-Ibarra and his father, 45-year-old Jose Rangel.

Erick Michel Rangel-Ibarra, left, and Jose Antonio Rangel. (Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department)

Family and friends held a fundraiser Saturday, to get reward money for a Crime Stoppers fund to find the suspects.

“I won’t stop. I will keep fighting for the death of my daughter,” said Aracely Palacio, Lesly’s mother. “These guys have to pay for what they did to her.”

Sheriff Joe Lombardo told 8 News Now both men likely left the country, maybe to Mexico. That is why the Palacio’s are asking the community’s help.

“If you see them anywhere – Mexico, Cali, Texas, Vegas – please call the police,” said Ashley Palacio, Lesly’s sister. “This is not the time to be quiet.”

“This isn’t right, what they did. Lesly didn’t deserve this. She was a great person. No one deserves this,” added Karely Palacio, Lesly’s sister.

Lesly is described as a caring young woman, who had so much more to live for. Loved ones don’t want what happened to her to happen to anybody else.

“Everyone needs to know her story, every needs to know that they’re out there, and anybody could be next,” said family friend Jessica Vanessa Barrera.

If you have any information about this case or if you want to donate to the Palacio family’s reward money fund, you’re asked to call Crime Stoppers, where you can remain anonymous.

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