Vegas family of 3 identified in murder-suicide incident - FOX5 Vegas - KVVU

Vegas family of 3 identified in murder-suicide incident

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Police are investigating a possible murder-suicide leaving an infant, man and woman dead near Cactus and Rainbow. (FOX5) Police are investigating a possible murder-suicide leaving an infant, man and woman dead near Cactus and Rainbow. (FOX5)
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Authorities identified the parents and their infant son who died in an apparent murder-suicide Monday night in southwest Las Vegas.

The family and a dog were all killed, according to Metro, in a residence located in the Mountain's Edge community. The house was in the 10000 block of Numaga Road, near Cactus Avenue and Rainbow Boulevard.

[RELATED: Infant, parents, dog found dead in apparent murder-suicide in southwest Valley]

Karen Jackson, 34, John Henry Lunetta, 40 and their 11-month-old son John Dylan Lunetta were identified by the Clark County Coroner's Office as the family deceased in the incident.   

Metro said the two parents and their son appeared to have suffered gunshot wounds with John Henry Lunetta as the suspected shooter.

"He clearly shot the mother of his child, the baby, and then himself. There was also a dead dog inside," Lt. Dan McGrath said.

Neighbors said they knew the family well, especially the father.

"They were extremely nice. John welcomed my dad into his house because he was a licensed therapist, and he gave my dad messages on his shoulder," neighbor Philip Punzalan said. "I didn't really think he'd be a guy capable of pulling something like that off."

But a woman who previously dated John Henry Lunetta painted him in a different light. 

"John was nice in group settings, on the outside...but on the inside it's different," the woman, who did not want to be identified, told FOX5. "He also was controlling, tried to shelter you in and he also had temper and anger."

She found out about the apparent murder-suicide after she saw Lunetta's house and car on the news. Then she contacted another woman who had previously dated Lunetta, and realized they had similar stories. 

"He was controlling. He did separate her from her family and friends," she explained. "But we both never imagined it would come to this."

She said her thoughts are with the families of Karen Jackson and John Dylan Lunetta as she tries to understand what happened.

"It could have been any one of us. That's what's scary, you just never know. Looks are deceiving."

Anyone with further information was urged to contact Metro's Homicide Section at 702-828-3521 or anonymously at 702-385-5555.

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