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Family and friends drive down Las Vegas Boulevard to call for justice in Lesly Palacio case

LAS VEGAS (KLAS) — Family and friends of Lesly Palacio gathered Friday night to call for justice weeks after she died.

They all met at the "Welcome to Las Vegas" sign, and then drove down Las Vegas Boulevard with signs and photos of the 22-year-old.

Her body was found near valley of fire earlier this month more than a week after she was reported missing.

Loved ones are still hoping the two men wanted in connection to the case are found. This week, Metro Police announced they believed both are now in Mexico.

Erick Michel Rangel-Ibarra, left, and Jose Antonio Rangel. (Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department)... Read More

Only on 8: Woman said random group attacked her on Las Vegas Strip, follows recent area crime

LAS VEGAS (KLAS) — A Las Vegas vacation turned violent for one 27-year-old tourist this week, after she said she was randomly attacked on The Las Vegas Strip. 

Sofia told 8 News Now she has a broken nose and fractured cheeks after a group jumped her and beat her up Monday night, near an escalator outside The Cosmopolitan. 

"I thought my face was shattered," Sofia said. "There were like 15 people. They started stomping and kicking me to my face and my body."

"She was so traumatized she could barely make it back to her hotel," Sofia's mother Connie added of her daughter's experience. "She was too terrified to even walk back."

The Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department has seen a spike in crime along the Strip and near Downtown Las Vegas in recent months. ... Read More

Local organization reaches out to teenagers during Suicide Prevention Month

LAS VEGAS (KLAS) — The pandemic has put incredible amounts of stress on people of all ages. That's why having open conversations about mental health during this year's Suicide Prevention Month is more important than ever.

The Nevada Coalition for Suicide Prevention says suicide is the leading cause of death for teens aged 12 to 19 in Nevada. 

Mental health professional, Dinisha Mingo, has seen this issue firsthand. Just this week, a local student took their own life. 

"A principal texts me at 2:11 am saying 'will you resend that suicide information? I just had a student complete suicide,” Mingo said.

To continue to meet the needs of local teenagers, Mingo and the clinicians at “Mingo Health Solutions” will provide on-site mental health support at "Ty's Place: A Safe Space for Teens" in North Las Vegas. 

Mingo says the pandemic has added a heavy weight to an age group that's already at risk... Read More

Teen girl arrested after parent finds gun in her room

LAS VEGAS (KLAS) -- A teen was arrested after she was found in possession of a firearm by her one of her parents. According to police, the parent was concerned about the teen's behavior, so they went through the 15-year-old girl's belongs, and that is when the gun was found in her bedroom.

The girl's family and police do not know where the gun came from, and it appeared that the teen had little knowledge about the function of firearms. Metro said this was "no doubt a potential tragedy that was avoided."

Metro said the parent is to be commended for not only checking their child's room but also having the courage to call the police.

Police said, some parents may not feel comfortable going through your child's things, but its always better to know.

"You don't know what you don't know."... Read More

Reds say broadcaster Thom Brennaman resigns after anti-gay slur

CINCINNATI (AP) — The Cincinnati Reds say team broadcaster Thom Brennaman has resigned following his use of an anti-gay slur on air last month.

Brennaman used the slur moments after the feed from the Fox Sports Ohio telecast returned from a commercial break before the top of the seventh inning in the first game of a doubleheader at Kansas City on Aug. 19.

Brennaman did not seem to realize he was already on air. He later apologized.

The 57-year-old was taken off the air before the fifth inning of the second game... Read More

Dr. Fauci: U.S. still in the first wave, seasonal 'challenge' lies ahead

With a growing tally of more than 7 million COVID-19 cases and over 200,000 deaths from the virus in the United States, the country's top infectious disease expert is warning that the nation needs to prepare as fall and winter loom.

"Given the fact that we have never got down to a good baseline, we are still in the first wave," Dr. Anthony Fauci told CNN.

During the 1918 pandemic, the number of cases plummeted before exploding during the colder months later in the year.

“Rather than say, ‘A second wave,’ why don’t we say, ‘Are we prepared for the challenge of the fall and the winter?'” Fauci said.

Among other preventative measures, Fauci says Americans need to wear face coverings, wash their hands and avoid crowds to avoid "surges" in cities and states across the country... Read More

Cortez Masto's veterans program based on outdoor recreation advances

LAS VEGAS (KLAS) -- A bill from US Sen. Catherine Cortez Masto to provide medical treatment and therapy to veterans through outdoor recreation is gaining traction in Washington.

The House of Representatives this week passed the Veterans COMPACT Act, which includes the House version of the Accelerating Veterans Recovery Outdoors Act.

Exciting news: the Accelerating Veterans Recovery Outdoors Act has passed the House!

I urge the Senate to follow in the House's footsteps and advance this bill—which I intro'd in the Senate—to give our nation’s heroes every opportunity to experience the healing power of nature. pic.twitter.com/YDv8JJIxEB... Read More