LAS VEGAS (AP) — Authorities have identified two slain casino employees, including one fatally shot by North Las Vegas police.

The Clark County coroner on Saturday says 64-year-old Edgardo Lavado Velasquez, of North Las Vegas, was a homicide victim and 30-year-old Jeremias Cruz was fatally wounded by a police officer at the Silver Nugget casino.

Police were called to the casino around 5:45 a.m. Thursday about a beating and possible fatality.

The Las Vegas Review-Journal reports ( that officers found Velasquez in an employee-only area with a head injury. He was pronounced dead.

Police spokeswoman Ann Cavaricci says police located Cruz, of Las Vegas, and that he was having a “chaotic episode.”

Cruz allegedly advanced toward officers and ignored their commands.

An officer then fatally shot him.

The incident remains under investigation.


Information from: Las Vegas Review-Journal,


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