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22-year-old arrested in double homicide in central Las Vegas

Updated July 30, 2020 - 11:59 am

A 22-year-old man has been arrested in the fatal shooting of a man and woman early Wednesday in the central Las Vegas Valley.

According to Clark County Detention Center booking logs, Brian Dewakuku was arrested the same day on suspicion of murder in connection with the killings.

Residents reported hearing gunshots about 12:30 a.m. on the 700 block of North Eastern Ave., north of Bonanza Road, Metropolitan Police Department homicide Sgt. Jon Scott said at the time.

When police arrived, they found a silver SUV that had struck a wall, with a man dead behind the steering wheel from apparent gunshot wounds. The woman, also suffering from gunshot wounds, was taken to University Medical Center, where she died, police said.

The Clark County coroner’s office has identified the woman as 23-year-old Edna Reyes, of Las Vegas, but the coroner’s office had not released the man’s name as of Thursday morning.

Reyes’ death was ruled a homicide due to multiple gunshot wounds, the coroner’s office said.

Detectives believe the shooting happened on nearby McWilliams Avenue.

“The victims and suspect had a conversation and as the victims drove away, the suspect fired several rounds striking them,” police said. “The victim’s vehicle continued to drive forward until it collided into a wall.”

The shooter ran from the scene before police arrived.

Dewakuku remained in the Clark County Detention Center on Thursday without bail, jail records show. He faces two counts of murder with a deadly weapon, and was due to appear in court Thursday afternoon.

Contact Katelyn Newberg at knewberg@reviewjournal.com or 702-383-0240. Follow @k_newberg on Twitter.

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