‘Too much violence’: A challenge to do good things in the wake of a tragic loss

‘Too much violence’: A challenge to do good things in the wake of a tragic loss

From the Las Vegas Optic

The snowy evening of Jan. 18 ended in violence when 27-year-old Leroy Phillip Salazar was shot outside his home near Seventh Street and Mountain View Drive. By morning, Salazar was dead and a second man had been transported to a hospital in Albuquerque to be treated for injuries related to the shooting, according to the Las Vegas Police Department.

Police have not provided an update since Jan. 20 when LVPD told the Optic it was investigating a suspect in the shooting. To date, the department has not named the suspect, no one has been charged, and police have not ruled the shooting of Salazar justifiable or as a homicide. The Optic’s attempts to contact Chief of Police Adrian Crespin on Monday were not successful.

Salazar’s brother, James “Jamerz” Salazar, told the Optic the loss of Leroy Salazar has hit his family hard, and he believes it will leave a hole in the community as well.

“A lot of people didn’t know this, but my brother was a giver to this community,” James Salazar said. “He used to give away Thanksgiving and Christmas dinners every year to families.”