Henderson couple dead in apparent murder-suicide

Henderson police are investigating an apparent murder-suicide that happened Saturday morning near Van Wagenen Street and South Major Avenue.

A 44-year-old Henderson man killed his wife before killing himself, police said.

The couple had only lived in the house for about a year, and, according to neighbors, the couple mostly kept to themselves.

“They were really quiet,” said a neighbor who did not want to be identified.

Police were called about 11 a.m. when a passerby witnessed the man’s daughter crying outside the home. The daughter told officers she found the keys to her father’s truck and money at her residence. She then drove to the man’s home in the 600 block of Karen Way where she discovered her father dead.

“It makes me sad that their child had to see that,” the neighbor said.

Police officers and the Henderson Fire Department entered the home and found the 39-year-old wife dead from an apparent gunshot wound and the man dead from an apparent overdose.

The woman’s death is the first homicide in Henderson this year, police said.

The couple lived alone in the house and police had not been called to the home for domestic violence issues in the past.

“It’s weird,” said neighbor Francisco Pizano, who has lived in the neighborhood for 20 years. “There are a lot of empty houses in the area. It doesn’t really feel safe anymore.”

Clark County coroner’s office has not released the names of the couple.

Reporter Steven Slivka contributed to this story. Contact him at sslivka@reviewjournal.com. Follow @StevenSlivka on Twitter. Contact reporter Kimber Laux at klaux@reviewjournal.com or at 702-383-0391.