Murder Victim's Family Hangs Lights to Raise Money

NORTH LAS VEGAS, Nev. - Friends and family of Darren Rael staple Christmas lights on a Las Vegas home. They are doing it to raise money for Rael's son Devon. Darren Rael was murdered October 22 in North Las Vegas.

Darren Rael was trying to take extra mechanic work from Craigslist. A gunman walked up to Rael and a homeowner on Iverson Lane near Gowan Road. When Rael told the gunman he didn't have money, the gunman shot and killed him.

"It had broken me down," said Darren Rael's sister Deborah Mills. "I'm strong, but it's broken me down. I couldn't believe he was gone. Now, I know he is, and I know where he is."

Rael's side business during the holidays entailed stringing up Christmas lights. His sister is trying to keep that tradition alive and help Devon.

"For his son, I can help you out by doing your lights for you, and I can take care of his son that way," she said. "We have a bunch of friends and family that are getting together, helping us do lights."

Witnesses describe the gunman as having a fresh cut down the side of his face. North Las Vegas Police are urging the public for help solving this case.

"This particular case was a horrible tragedy of the victim being in the wrong place at the wrong time," said North Las Vegas Police Officer Chrissie Coon. "In this case, investigators wholeheartedly believe a huge break in the case is coming from somebody coming forward with information."

"You wouldn't want this done to your family," Mills said. "So please, if you know anything, please come forward."

If you have any information, call Crime Stoppers at 385-5555 or leave an anonymous tip on the organization's website.

To donate to Darren Rael's family, call Dan Winchester at 457-6605 or 569-0702 or Deborah Mills at 673-7637.


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