Matthew Minkler, 16, died on Friday in an abandoned house in Henderson, Nev., after a shot in the head during a game of Russian roulette
A 16-year-old Las Vegas boy died during a game of “Russian roulette”, police said.
Matthew Minkler’s body was found late Friday in an abandoned house in Henderson, Nev., approximately 16 km from the Las Vegas.
Jaiden Caruso, 16, is facing a charge of murder with a deadly weapon, while another teenager, Kody Harlan, 17, is facing the charges of accessory to murder after the fact and destroying evidence, the police confirmed.
Minkler’s body was apparently dragged down cabinet after he was shot to death in the kitchen, according to the probable cause arrest report for Caruso and Harlan.
Minkler’s body was found by police in an empty house on a Cool Lilac Avenue (photo); they made the discovery after the teenagers turned out to be the tragedy on the heels of a nearby car accident.
The report offered a chillingly simple explanation of the game: “Russian roulette is known to be a deadly game of load a single bullet in a revolver, spinning the cylinder and then the trigger.”
It is unclear how the three boys knew each other.
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The pair will be charged as adults and are held at the Clark County Detention Center, after initially booked into the county juvenile detention center.
The police said a murder investigation began earlier on Friday after officers tried to pull over a vehicle that is driven recklessly in the area of East Sunset Road and Green Valley Parkway.
The vehicle drove through a red light and crashed at the intersection, at which point a number of the teenagers attempted to flee.
When they were taken into custody, at least one of them turned out to be the information about the murder. Minkler’s body was later found in the abandoned house on a Cool Lilac Avenue.
Minkler’s parents have yet to comment, but a GoFundMe set up by his cousin Leah Robbins-the Golden has raised more than $6,400.
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She wrote on the website: “We are beyond devastated and the pain is more than conceivable. We will never get to see that beautiful smile or that loving Matt hugs that just brighten up our days.”
In a post on Facebook, she added: “RIP to my lil big cuz. I will never ever be the same without you. I love you more than anything Matthew.”
Chris Irvine is Senior News Editor at Fox News. His Twitter @chrisirvine86