Reward in murder case increased

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By David Giuliani

A law firm has increased the reward in the search for the killer of a 6-year-old girl, bringing the total to $10,000.

Albuquerque-based Will Ferguson & Associates is adding $8,000 to the existing $2,000 Crime Stoppers reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the suspect.

Jasmine Garcia, who had recently completed her kindergarten year, was sleeping in her mother’s bed during the early morning of June 15 when a shot ripped through the outside wall facing the street.

Ferguson, a former member of the statewide board for Crime Stoppers, said one of his firm’s attorneys, Robert Ortiz, a Las Vegas native, suggested the firm donate money to the reward.

“This needs to be solved. This is depraved mind murder — something that’s so awful, so mean,” Ferguson said. “If I can get anyone else to go in with me on this, the reward will be even higher. Someone knows something.”

He said both he and Ortiz have 6-year-old daughters. “Can you imagine a 6-year-old dead of a gunshot wound?” he asked.

Ortiz said the crime “screams out for justice.”

“No child in this community should ever go to bed at night wondering whether they’ll be shot as they sleep,” he said in a statement. “And no parent should ever wake up and find their child dead from such a senseless act of violence.”

Las Vegas police are revealing little about the crime, which took place at a house at 304 Union St.

Police Chief Gary Gold said the police aren’t looking for a suspect in particular.

“What we’re doing is following up on all leads,” he said. “There’s a lot of speculation and rumors, but we don’t want to say anything that will compromise this case at all.”

Gold said he didn’t want to comment on whether anyone else was in the bedroom when the killing occurred.

Shirley Sanchez Dimas, Jasmine’s grandmother, said her mother, Ruby Sanchez, told her she heard gunfire but initially found nothing. Later, they checked on Jasmine and found her dead.

Crime Stoppers can be reached at 425-8884.