A hotel in Las Vegas City. — AFP Photo
Viet Nam News
WASHINGTON — Two Vietnamese tourists were found stabbed to death in their room at the Circus Circus Hotel on the Las Vegas Strip early Friday morning (US time).
The Việt Nam Embassy in the US in Washington, DC, announced that the two victims are Nghĩa Bội Sang, a 39-year-old woman and Nguyên Lê Bá Khương, a 30-year-old man. The couples were part of a tour group of Triều Hảo Tourism Company. Sang is the company director and Khương is an employee of the company.
The Embassy has been working with Las Vegas police to investigate the case. Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department Lieutenant Ray Spencer told reporters late Friday that their initial processing of the room helped them to confirm that the deaths were definitely a double homicide.
The Embassy also worked with relevant agencies to complete visa procedures for the victims’ family members to go to the US and take the victims’ bodies to Việt Nam.
Speaking to reporters outside the hotel, Lt. Ray Spencer said: "Both victims are Vietnamese tourists who are here as part of a tour group. They came in from Los Angeles and were scheduled to stay two nights here in Las Vegas.
"They were scheduled to leave Monday before heading back to Viet Nam.
"We are going to be scouring video for the next several hours.
"It is a very isolated incident, it is only in one room that we believe occurred around 2am.
"They do not speak English and that is creating a major challenge for us as far as interviewing them (other tourists) and that's we are doing now is trying to find other law enforcement to try and interview them."
In a press release issued by the Los Vegas Police Department on Saturday, a spokesman said officers were called to the hotel where they found the bodies of a man and a woman.
The spokesman said: "On June 1, 2018 at about 4:04 pm Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department patrol officers were dispatched to a hotel located at 2880 South Las Vegas Boulevard to investigate a report of two people found deceased in one of the guest rooms.
"Arriving officers located an adult male and adult female inside one of the rooms deceased from apparent stab wounds. The investigation initiated by the LVMPD Homicide Section indicated the two people were tourists from outside of the country and had arrived the day before as part of a tour group.
"The victims did not show up for a tour that was scheduled for the morning of June 1, and one of the members of the tour group was concerned when the victims could not be contacted throughout the day.
"The concerned party asked for a welfare check later that afternoon, and when security officers entered the room they discovered the victims deceased and contacted police. The identity of the victims, as well as the cause and manner of death, will be released by the Clark County Coroner’s Office.
"As of this release, no suspect or suspects have been identified and the motive is unknown." — VNS