A close-knit family said it was torn apart after three brothers were shot on the 5000 block of Mountain Vista Street, near Tropicana Avenue Thursday night.
Over the weekend, one of the brothers, 32-year-old Miguel Gonzalez-Campos, died from his injuries. He was identified by the Clark County Coroner's Office Monday.
On Monday, friends and neighbors began working to help Campos's family to cope with his death. The family turned to the community for support while healing themselves from the shock of the shooting.
“We heard the gunshots,” a neighbor who asked to remain anonymous said. “Eight to nine gunshots, not even in our neighborhood, literally at our front door.”
Neighbors were still shaken up, and did not show their faces after learning three brothers, Miguel, Christopher and Steven, were shot on the sidewalk. People who live in the area said it's typically very quiet and the most they here are kids playing outside.
When they walked around, they saw shell casings and blood splatters on the floor. Neighbors said this was a daily reminder of "one of the worst nights" in their community.
“We thought it was safe,” the neighbor said. “After a few minutes we walked out to see. I want to say maybe six to seven steps outside my door when the second round of shots went off.”
Metro Police did not have a motive, but some neighbors said they believed it may have been a robbery. According to police, the shooter(s) escaped in a white sedan.
“It's scary to think that these individuals are still on the loose,” Ryan Hague, a family friend, said. “That they’re that careless and evil.”
As neighbors prayed for the family’s strength, Hague, who grew up with the brothers, took action through a fundraiser.
"They're one of the tightest knit families that you can find,” Hague said. “The mother is utterly distraught and I feel as though nobody should have to worry about necessities when they're worrying about recovering and repairing from loss."
Hague admitted the news of Campos's death hit him hard. He said that family was raised well and all three of the brothers are kind-hearted and impactful members of this community.
He added the brothers chose to live with their mom and do what they can to help her and everyone around them. Hague said he was holding on to the memories he had with the family to keep his spirit high.
“It still feels like a dream,” he said. “Miguel was one of the happiest-natured, silliest guys you could ever meet. Never deserved anything of this nature, no one does.”
Campos was remembered in his community through a small memorial that was placed in the spot where his body was found.
Anyone who would like to help the family with funeral expenses can donate to a Facebook fundraiser set up by a close family friend.
Police urged community members with any information leading to an arrest to contact Crime Stoppers at 702-385-5555.
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