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Vigil held for murdered mother and daughter

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Mourners gathered in front of the Robin Street home Friday night Mourners gathered in front of the Robin Street home Friday night
Friends and family prayed the rosary during the vigil Friends and family prayed the rosary during the vigil
LAS VEGAS (FOX5) -

Friends and family came together Friday night to remember a murdered mother and daughter.

They gathered outside the house where it happened - on Robin Street near Rancho Drive and Washington Avenue.

A memorial that includes candles, flowers and stuffed animals has been growing. On Friday night, a group of about 30 people - loved ones and neighbors - stopped by the memorial to pray and remember. More mourners came throughout the evening.

The home where Ignacia "Yadira" Martinez and her 10-year-old daughter, Karla Martinez, were brutally beaten to death is still draped with crime tape. The windows and doors are sealed shut.

"This thing is devastating to the whole neighborhood, to the whole community," said neighbor Regina Davis.

It was Monday when the family's 9-year-old son went to school and told a counselor that his mother and sister were dead. Police arrived to a bloody scene.

Both died from blunt force trauma.

Ignacia Martinez's husband, Arturo, was also beaten. He survived with critical injuries. Family friends say he's hanging in there.

"All I can say is he (Arturo) loved his family," said family friend Mabel Salcedo. "He loved his kids. They were a tight family and had really loving friends."

"We'd like to know what happened, exactly what happened with the family," added another family friend, Jose Santiago. "We don't really know, so we're waiting for something else."

For days, the yard was filled with police activity. Investigators combed the entire house.

"I hope they find him. I hope they find him because God is good and they'll find him," Davis said.

Metro police still don't have any suspects in the crime.

There is an account set up at Bank of America for the Martinez family funeral. They're accepting donations to help with memorials for the deceased.

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