Police chief: Let's have one event

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By David Giuliani

Las Vegas Police Chief Gary Gold said last week that that the community should come together when it remembers the five members of a Las Vegas family who were killed in a Nov. 11, 2006, crash.

Members of the Gonzales and Collins family died when a drunken driver going the wrong way struck their car on Interstate 25.

Earlier this month, two events were held in honor of the victims. One was a groundbreaking for “Paul’s Corner,” named after Paul Gonzales, the father. That memorial will be built at Robertson High School.

The other event was held at West Las Vegas Middle School, where the mother, Rene Collins-Gonzales, had served as a nurse.

Gold, who spoke during a meeting of Mayor Henry Sanchez’s DWI Task Force last week, said he realized the two events were well-intentioned, but he said he would have preferred there had been just one.

“We should have gotten together as a community,” Gold said. “It should be the family’s corner. It’s not about East and West. Let’s make this a community event. We are one community.”

Ray Collins, father of Rene Collins-Gonzales, said he wished his granddaughter, Arissa Garcia, a West Las Vegas High School student, had input in the event at Robertson.

Gold said when she’s ready, Arissa Garcia could serve as the community’s “point guard” for DWI.

Collins said she’s not ready just yet, but he suspects she will be in time.