A Las Vegas man, Hector Lemus-Flores, was shot and killed on Monday morning as he was arriving for an early service.
According to Las Vegas police reports, shortly after 5:30 a.m., members of Iglesia La Luz del Mundo heard a gunshot and hurried outside to find forty five year old Hector Lemus-Flores lying on the ground next to his car. His Bible, police said, was found about 10 feet from where he had been left for dead.
Police, responding to a 911 call, arrived to find a member of the church performing CPR on the victim, who had a gunshot wound to the chest. Metro officers received the report of a man down outside Iglesia La Luz del Mundo, or Light of the World Church, at the intersection of Eastern and Cedar avenues. Lumes-Flores was transported to University Medical Center, but died shortly thereafter.
Police are now actively searching for clues in the incident, which has been ruled a homicide. At this point it is unclear as to whether Lemus-Flores was targeted or if he was the victim of a random crime.
“It’s kind of a shot in the dark,” Lt. Dan McGrath of the Metropolitan Police Department told the Las Vegas Journal Review. “It’s a challenging event right now without any witnesses, but we’ll knock on every door on this street to see if we can get a description.”
“It’s very sad because he was just arriving to church,” he lamented.
Hernan Liceo, is the pastor of Iglesia La Luz del Mundo, he told local television station KSNV that every morning they gather together for prayer. Lemus-Flores who attends regularly, is a husband and father of two and worked as an auto mechanic. “He was a God-fearing man who loved the Church and his family”, said Liceo. “We know he is in God’s hands. We continue to pray God comforts the family.”