At approximately 7:40 p.m. on Monday, the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department received a call to check on the welfare of a family located near the suburban valley neighborhood of the city. The call, made by a relative of the family, would lead to the discovery of four bodies, including a dog, on the 10300 block of Numaga Road, near South Rainbow Road and West Cactus Avenue, according to the Las Vegas Review Journal.
Police are reporting that a doctor killed his girlfriend, family dog, and toddler son, before turning the gun on himself in a horrific murder-suicide incident that has shocked the local community.
“The family was identified, through public records and interviews with neighbors, as John Henry Lunetta, 40, and Karen Michelle Jackson, 35. Neighbors named the baby as John Jr.” reports Las Vegas Review Journal. “His first birthday would have been Wednesday.”
Flowers and teddy bears have been placed in front of the family home by neighbors mourning the tragic loss of life.
Neighbors hadn’t reported any incidents of domestic abuse or loud fights prior to the murder-suicide, although a moving truck was seen in front of the family residence over the weekend. Currently, police are looking into all leads that may explain a motive.
At least from the outside looking in, the family appeared stable and happy. Jackson, Dr. Lunetta’s girlfriend, had passed an exam last week to become a nurse practitioner. The couple’s toddler was about to turn one year old before he was brutally murdered by his father.
Dr. Lunetta himself appeared to be well-regarded in the community. He was a medical doctor for the American Red Cross, according to his LinkedIn profile. According to neighbors, he invited Jackson to move in last year after entertaining a slew of women over the past couple of years at his home, which he purchased in 2013.