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Suspect in last week's fatal shooting is dead

By Joyce Lupiani. CREATED Mar 20, 2014

Las Vegas, NV (KTNV) -- Joseph Lucero, whom police say is connected to a fatal shooting on March 13, is dead.

The death of the 27-year-old man was confirmed Thursday morning by the Clark County Coroner and Las Vegas Metropolitan Police.

Police believe Lucero is responsible for the death of 23-year-old Zachary Wayne Girdner. They said Lucero shot Girdner during an argument at Lucero's apartment on Las Vegas Boulevard South.

After Girdner was shot, he drove away but crashed into 3 vehicles near the interstate.

Police said Lucero died in a residence in the 1900 block of East Tropicana Avenue on March 19. They were notified at about 6:15 a.m. Neither the police nor the coroner have said how he died.

A vigil was held for Girdner on Sunday night.

Anyone with information about the crime is asked to contact the homicide section at 702-828-3521 or Crime Stoppers at 702-385-5555.

Police said Lucero was the only suspect in the shooting of Girdner.

Joyce Lupiani

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