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Tragic Murder-Suicide Claims Lives of Two Children in Las Vegas

In a tragic incident, two children lost their lives in a murder-suicide, as reported by Las Vegas police. Officers responded to a distress call at an apartment on Oso Blanca Road on December 11 around 10:03 a.m.

They discovered five individuals with gunshot wounds, and tragically, two adults and two children were declared dead at the scene. Another child was rushed to UMC Trauma, with their current condition remaining unclear.

Following an investigation, LVMPD Homicide detectives determined that an adult male shot a woman, and three juveniles, and then took his own life, according to a police press release.

The victims were identified by the Clark County Office of the Coroner/Medical Examiner as Schinara Patterson (34), Ki’Ziah Cone (14), and Zi’Myra Patterson (6).

Schinara and Ki’Ziah suffered multiple gunshot wounds to the head, while Zi’Myra endured a single gunshot wound to the head. Marvin Ray Patterson (42) died from a contact gunshot wound to the head, and his death was ruled a suicide.

Court documents cited by 3News revealed that a marriage license was issued for Schinara and Marvin Ray Patterson on May 5, 2019.

A GoFundMe page has been established to assist with the funeral expenses for the victims. Schinara’s sister, Michaela Bernoudy, identified the child victims as Schinara’s children on the fundraising page.

According to 8NewsNow, court records indicate that Patterson faced charges including five counts of lewdness with a child under 14, two counts of sexual assault with a minor under 16, one count of lewdness with a child under 16, and one count of first-degree kidnapping of a minor. These alleged incidents spanned between 2013 and 2022.

Bernoudy shared memories of Schinara, describing her as generous and always willing to help. She also spoke fondly of Zi’Myra’s sweetness and Ki’Ziah’s playful and artistic nature.

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