Neighbors describe tumultuous relationship preceding stepfather's slaying

Neighbors describe tumultuous relationship preceding stepfather's slaying

By Drew Karedes. CREATED Apr 3, 2012

 Las Vegas, NV (KTNV) -- Police say a 17-year-old is responsible for a bloodbath at his family's Mountain's Edge home, but investigators haven't speculated why he snapped.

The teen is charged with killing his 40-year-old stepfather inside the home in the 10000 block of Canvas Canyon Court. 

Police received an urgent 911 call on Monday around 5:30 p.m. about an "extremely violent domestic altercation".

When detectives arrived, they found Frank Domingo Garcia Jr. face down in a pool of blood.

Neighbors describe constant fighting going on inside the home near Durango Drive and state Route 160 over the past two years.

A friend and classmate of the suspect's sister believes the teen must have been pushed to a breaking point.

"One time I came there and his eye was all busted. I don't know what happened, but my friend told me they got in a fight and the dad knocked him out," explained William Smith.

William Smith says he's been to the family's home on numerous occasions. He says the 17-year-old now facing murder charges did not appear to be a violent person.

"He was a person who would make jokes a lot. He was funny. I never knew he would kill somebody," added William Smith.

Neighbors say it was obvious that the son and stepdad had a tumultuous relationship.

"They had shouting contests in the middle of the night," said neighbor Scott Austin. "I've been yanked out of bed at 2 and 3 in the morning. The shouting and noise coming from that place, it's been constant."

Police caught up with the 17-year-old in a nearby desert area following the murder. His name is not being released because he is a minor.

Aside from calling the scene a violent one, police aren't revealing how the slaying was carried out.

"It might be a situation where the family comes out and says they had an abusive relationship going on and maybe the kid couldn't deal with it anymore," speculated neighbor Bill Miller.

A woman outside the family's home did not want to say anything when approached for a comment on Tuesday afternoon.

The female, who neighbors say is the mother of the household, was watching a mechanic work on the family's car.

"No, we don't want anyone around here. Thank you very much," she said.

Police could not confirm any calls to the home on the cul-de-sac within the past six months.

Action News contacted the Department of Family Services to see if the 17-year-old has a case on file. A spokesperson said that information could not be released because the suspect is technically a juvenile.

A cause of death for his stepfather has not been determined.

The mother of Frank Domingo Garcia Jr. told Action News that the family is too devastated to say anything right now.