No clues in death of airman

It’s been more than a year since someone shot and killed Senior Airman R’Chardrick Markray near Losee Road and Centennial Parkway in North Las Vegas, and police don’t have a clue why it happened.

The 22-year-old survived two tours in Iraq and one in Afghanistan, but returning home proved fatal.

He died after being shot multiple times April 28, 2007, outside a home where he was attending a baby shower.

"Here’s a guy who was fighting for our country, and he comes home and gets killed on our soil," North Las Vegas Police Department spokesman Mark Hoyt said.

In one last effort to obtain new information in the slaying, police are pleading with the public to help them capture the gunman.

Hoyt said detectives have exhausted all leads and don’t have any suspects or a motive for the shooting.

He said that if no one comes forward with new information in the case, police will have to administratively close the investigation.

"It will be pretty much on the back burner until we get any more leads," Hoyt said. "The case will always be able to be reopened. There’s no statute of limitations on a murder case."

Hoyt said Markray was with another man when they were approached by two men outside the house in the 6400 block of Starling Mesa Street. The four men got into an argument, and Markray and another man were shot. The man with Markray, who was a former airman, was treated for his injuries.

Police said the assailants fled the area in a gray or silver 2006 Pontiac Grand Am.

Originally from a suburb of Shreveport, La., Markray had lived in Southern Nevada since June 2003. He left behind a 2-year-old daughter.

Markray had served with Nellis-based 763rd Maintenance Squadron at Nellis Air Force Base since 2003. The 250-member squadron does maintenance work on rescue helicopters. Markray was the lead technician for the HH-60 helicopters’ gun systems.

He was deployed to Afghanistan in 2005 for 120 days. He later served two 120-day tours in northern Iraq at the Balad Air Base, first in January 2006 and then in September 2006.

Anyone with any information on Markray’s slaying is urged to call the Police Department at 633-9111 or Crime Stoppers at 385-5555.

Contact reporter Antonio Planas at aplanas or 702-383-4638.

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