LAS VEGAS – – A Las Vegas murder suicide that occurred on Wednesday evening had area residents on lockdown in their own homes.
Residents were fearful for the safety and many sat in the dark for hours not knowing what was going on while a barricaded home was surrounded by police.
Some neighbors did not know of the Las Vegas murder suicide until they saw it on the news.
Police received a phone call at approximately 7 p.m. from a home located on Encore Way, near the intersection of Warm Springs and Paradise roads.
The caller was a child who said that her mother needed help.
Police responded to the scene and reportedly found the home barricaded.
When police entered the home at approximately 10 p.m., they discovered a man and a woman dead.
The child was unharmed.
The coroner’s office identified the deceased as Daniela Gastelum-Gutierrez, 31 and Jacob P. Burkett , 32.
Gastelum-Guiterrez died of a gunshot wound to the head and shotgun wounds to the chest and abdomen.
After killing his girlfriend, Burkett turned the gun on himself.
His cause of death is a self-inflicted gunshot wound.
Nevada ranks number one in the nation for violence committed against women by their male partners or former partners.
The Violence Police Center with tracks domestic violence homicides has found that women are much more likely to be the victims of violent crimes committed by their partners particularly if there is a weapon involved.
The Holiday season can increase stress levels for many, particular those families that already have a strained relationship or prior incidents of domestic violence.
There is help available.
If you, or someone you know, are a victim of domestic violence, the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence (NCADV) provides links where you can obtain help.
In Las Vegas, available resources include:
The Southern Nevada Domestic Violence Task Force offers valuable resources including seminars.
The Nevada Network Against Domestic Violence website also offers resources, education and assistance to combat domestic violence.
Safe Nest has a 24 hour hotline, 702-564-3227. Visitors to the site can also click on a red X located througout the site to quickly be directed to another page if the need arises.