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North Las Vegas Sees Rash of Murders

NORTH LAS VEGAS, Nev. -- Some North Las Vegas residents say they feel like prisoners in their own homes after four murders in only a matter of days.

The murders have happened over the span of about a week. Over the weekend there was also a stabbing and a shooting at a wake. Neighbors say the violence has to stop.

"It's a pretty tragic thing to experience -- especially so close," said resident Tony Lowe. "We don't like to seem unfriendly to people, but it does make you a whole lot more cautious about where you go and when you go."

Police have arrested one suspect in one of the murders. As for the others though, those suspects are still on the run.

BREAKING NEWS: North Las Vegas Police Investigate Murder

NORTH LAS VEGAS, Nev. -- North Las Vegas Police are investigating a homicide near Clayton and Carey. Police say witnesses reported a dead body in the street. Police are not releasing any more details.

8 News NOW has a crew headed to the scene and will have more information when it becomes available.

Murdered Father Remembered by Family

NORTH LAS VEGAS, Nev. -- North Las Vegas has not had a murder since July, and then in one 24-hour period over the weekend, three people were killed in three separate incidents.

A gunman looking for cash shot a man who was fixing a car in front of a North Las Vegas home. Now a family is making a plea to the community to help catch the killer of the father of two teenaged sons.

Two men were fixing a car -- one of them was mechanic 44-year-old Darren Rael, hired through Craigslist. He was shot and killed and another man was nearly killed, except the shooter's gun jammed.

"Think of how you would feel if you had to watch on TV that your brother, your son, your dad, your nephew, anybody wasn't coming home. That you're never going to see them walk through the door, never get a phone call. Think of how you would feel if it affected your family. Do the right thing if you know anything," said Rael's sister Nicole Sena.

Pastor Accused in Sex Crime Sees a Judge

NORTH LAS VEGAS, Nev. -- A North Las Vegas pastor arrested over the weekend on charges he molested two boys made his first court appearance Wednesday.

Fifty-seven-year-old Billy McCurdy pled not guilty to 11 counts of sexual assault and gross lewdness. 8 News NOW has learned one of the alleged victims has changed his story. According to members of the church and McCurdy's attorney, that alleged victim made the whole story up simply out of revenge.

Wednesday afternoon, McCurdy faced a judge for the first time. He is the pastor of the Revival Temple Church of God in Christ in North Las Vegas and was arrested Friday night at his home after an eight month long investigation into the charges.

High School Student Arrested with Loaded Gun

LAS VEGAS -- A high school student is in jail after bringing a loaded gun to school. Now he faces expulsion and felony charges.

Classes at Mojave High School were never disrupted by the incident because it happened before the morning bell rang.

School police say 18-year-old senior Jamar Holman arrived with other students around 6:45 a.m. Officers say they noticed him acting strangely and approached him. They said his odd behavior continued, so they took him inside and searched his backpack. That's when they found a loaded .38 caliber stolen handgun.

North Las Vegas City Council Approves Jail Layoffs

NORTH LAS VEGAS, Nev. - More than 40 workers at the North Las Vegas Detention Center will lose their jobs next week. The North Las Vegas City Council voted Thursday to approve the layoffs, after the facility lost a multi-million dollar federal contract.

The U.S. Marshal's Service announced last month it is moving 300 federal inmates to a new prison near Pahrump. The City of North Las Vegas will lose $9.7 million in revenue as a result of that move. North Las Vegas is already struggling to pay off another $10 million owed this fiscal year.

More than one hundred people attended the city council meeting, and tensions were high. The North Las Vegas Police Officers Association says laying off officers from the detention center would be a recipe for disaster. The union claims criminals would walk the streets, because the city wouldn't have the staff or capacity to house them.

ICE Bust Nets 38 People with Convictions

NORTH LAS VEGAS -- Dozens of illegal immigrants are waiting to be sent back to their native countries after being arrested by federal agents last week.

U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement was behind the three-day operation. They weren't targeting just any illegal immigrant instead they were focused on criminal aliens who pose a threat to the community.

In all, 38 individuals, many with felony convictions are being held in the North Las Vegas Detention Center waiting to be sent back to their native countries. Not only were they in the country illegally, they had prior convictions ranging from drug possession to sexual assault of a minor. They were arrested during an ICE operation last week.

"The victims of their crimes aren't just U.S. citizens, but more often than not, their victims are the illegal immigrants that are in the United States that haven't committed a crime They are just here illegally," said Thomas Feeley, ICE.