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Friday April 20, 2012

Tragic Double Slaying of Latino Family Announced by 9-Year-Old in School

Tragic Double Slaying of Latino Family Announced by 9-Year-Old in School

Photo: Both Karla Martinez and her father.

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This Monday when a 9-year-old arrived at school in the morning he told his teachers that his father had killed both his mother and older sister that very morning.

The home, which was less than a mile away, was quickly labeled a murder scene when police officers arrived at the guidance of the young boy. There they found the bludgeoned bodies of Ignacia Martinez (38) and Karla Martinez (10), who was also raped. An injured man believed to be the father, and an unharmed 5 year-old boy were also found on the scene.

Appalled at the bloody scene, authorities believe that the nine-year-old was in a state of shock when he arrived promptly at 9 a.m. at Mabel Hoggard Elementary, Las Vegas to report the killing.

According to the police, the five people all belonged to one family.  The man, now identified as Arturo Martinez (39), is an electrician and the father of the family. Martinez was led away from the house and immediately hospitalized in critical condition. Police have yet to gain a statement from Martinez, who is still unable to say what happened. He remains in protective custody at the University Medical Center in Las Vegas due to a severe head injury.

Police spent a third day slowly collecting evidence in the three-bedroom home while pleading for patience from the terror struck community. Police lieutenant on the case, Clinton Nichols said to the press, “We’ve got to stop speculating. It only complicates our efforts…We have just as many questions as you have.”

The bodies bore the clear evidence of an attack with a blunt object. However, no other evidence has suggested the entrance of an intruder in the home, although a neighbor reported hearing gunshots.

The two boys remain in protective custody with the Clark County Department of Family Services.