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January 27, 2015

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Victims identified in Monday double-homicide

Crime reported by 9-year-old to school officials Monday morning


Nadine Guy

The house on Robin Street near Washington Avenue is shown on April 17, 2012, the day after officers responded to the house when a boy, 9, went to school and told staff that his mother and sister were dead at home.

Investigation ongoing

Identities of the mother and daughter in Monday morning’s double-homicide were released today by the Clark County coroner’s office.

Ignacia Martinez, 38, and her 10-year-old daughter, Karla Martinez, were found dead inside their home near Washington Avenue and Tonopah Drive, according to the Coroner’s Office and Metro Police.

Cause and manner of death are pending for both victims, according to the Coroner’s Office.

A 9-year-old Hoggard Elementary student went to school Monday morning and reported that his mother and sister were dead inside the family’s home on the 1000 block of Robin Street, police said.

Also inside the home, police reported finding an unharmed 4-year-old boy as well as an injured man.

The identity of the man has not been released, police said.

Metro’s homicide unit continues to investigate the incident.

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  1. Details seem to be pretty slow on this. I understand that Metro wants to do a good job on the investigation, but a cursory look could not determine/rule out the way these folks met their end?

    They (Metro) have already stated that the public should not be worried about a killer on the loose.

    So that would seem to say that either the Man or Woman was the perp (it's unlikely the 10 year old committed the crime). That leaves the following:

    Man does in Woman, Woman expires - Man has self inflicted wound, but survives.


    Woman inflicts wound on Man, then does herself in.

    I suppose I just don't understand why even the basics are being with held.

  2. This is going to be a very ugly situation when the details come out. I could speculate about what happened, but I am going to wait because I truly hope I am wrong.

    Dan, you need to consider that the man received wounds from the woman defending herself, especially if the weapon used was a knife.

    Here are the facts we have from the stories so far: the victims are female, all the males in the family(?) are alive, no shots heard by neighbors.

    Like I said, this is going to be ugly.