Child, mother, ex-boyfriend all found dead in west valley

By Jessica Fryman

A young girl and her mother are dead in what police are calling a double murder-suicide at the hand of the woman’s ex-boyfriend.

All three were found dead in the man’s vehicle near Sunset Road and Hualapai Way on Friday night, Las Vegas police said.

Police have not named the victims or suspect. But 48-year-old Jesus “Jesse” Saldivar lived in the home on the 7700 block of Mocorito Avenue where the woman and child probably were killed, according to a neighbor and county property records. The neighbor said the woman who lived at the house was his ex-girlfriend, Veronica Erazo. Erazo had a young daughter, Sabrina, and a son in middle school.

Officers had carried out a welfare check for the woman about 8:40 p.m. Friday after she did not show up for work at a local hospital. A man called officers saying he was concerned his girlfriend might have been injured, police said. Police went to the woman’s ex-boyfriend’s house on Mocorito Avenue, near Hacienda Avenue and Buffalo Drive, where she was supposed to drop off her child before going to work.

No one answered the door, and when officers looked in a window they found “an inordinate amount of blood,” police said. Police obtained a search warrant for the house along with a description of vehicles for the suspect and victim.

Homicide detectives determined that the mother and child might have been killed at the home before her ex-boyfriend put their bodies in his vehicle and drove about five miles to the west valley location where he shot himself, police said. The woman and child also had gunshot wounds, but an official cause of death has not been released, and the incident is still under investigation.

Neighbor Liberty Bayuga said Saturday that she remembers one late night a few months ago when the woman was in the street, frantically asking for help. When her boyfriend, Jesse, followed behind her and attempted to hug and console the woman, Bayuga said, they went back inside.

The next day, Veronica and the children moved out of the two-story house, she said. The woman still visited on occasion, Bayuga said.

She said that incident happened soon after the home went into foreclosure. Property records show the bank officially took ownership in October, although the house still was being lived in.

Bayuga called Jesse “mysterious” and accused him of being a “thief” who stole her water for his plants and to wash his several cars. When she confronted him, however, he apologized.

She said other than those incidents, the house seemed quiet and she was shocked to hear the news of their deaths.

This story was originally published in the Las Vegas Review-Journal
on Nov. 19, 2011.
Original story on Las Vegas Review-Journal website.