Brent Allan Hallett and Maris Mareen DiGiovanni were named as the two people who died in a mass stabbing spree on the Las Vegas strip in Nevada.
Some of those stabbed were Las Vegas showgirls, according to an ABC 13 reporter. The victims included a mix of tourists and Las Vegas residents.
DiGiovanni was an elementary school teacher at 9th Bridge School in Las Vegas.
Hallett, 47, and DiGiovanni, 30, were both from Las Vegas, according to the Las Vegas Review Journal.
Here’s what you need to know:
DiGiovanni’s Brother Wrote That Maris Touched People’s Lives
DiGiovanni’s brother Gage write a tribute to his sister on Facebook. “It is with great sadness that we say goodbye and see you later to my amazing little sister,” he wrote.
“Maris was a victim of the horrific random stabbing of 8 people in Las Vegas today. Please pray for our family and her husband. We appreciate the space to grieve in the coming days and know she touched your lives as she did ours.”
DiGiovanni was married to a military veteran and had lived in Hong Kong, according to her Facebook page.
Her friend, Emma Leeson, wrote on Facebook,
Absolutely shocked, devastated and heart broken💔 The most kindest beautiful soul taken wayyy to young, this is so unfair and should never of happened – I can’t wrap my head around any of it. Thank you for all the incredibly fun amazing spontaneous memories and adventures we got to share together. Maris Jordan I wish we got more time, rest peacefully beautiful girl, all my love and prayers are with your husband Cole and family.
Another friend wrote, “Absolutely devastated to hear about the loss of Maris Jordan. One of the most sweetest, kindest, craziest girls you could every meet! Thank you so much for all the warmth you brought to our lives.”
Another man wrote, “Can’t believe it… RIP Maris Jordan I’ll never forget the fun times we shared! You were always a bright light of joy and just a dope person! Too soon 😔”
Eight People Were Stabbed by a Still Unnamed Suspect
Las Vegas police Capt. Dori Koren said in an October 6, 2022, news briefing that there are eight total victims with two people deceased and three in critical condition. The other victims appear stable, he said. A kitchen knife was found at the scene. The suspect is in custody.
Koren would not confirm that the victims were showgirls or street performers. Those reports came from local journalists who spoke to witnesses at the scene, and it’s not clear how many of the victims were showgirls.
KTNV-TV reported that the suspect was arrested in front of Venetian and had “blood on his sleeves.” That station reported, per a witness, that one victim “appeared to have been stabbed in the Fashion Mall and was ‘laying on the ground near the shops.'”
The Showgirls Were Walking the Strip to Take Photos With Tourists When the Stabbings Occurred
Dewaun Turner, 47, witnessed five of the stabbings, and told the Review-Journal that two people dressed as showgirls running while being chased by a man with a knife. One of them fell and was stabbed. He said the suspect then stabbed a man who was walking with a woman. The suspect then stabbed two other women, Turner told the newspaper.
A local journalist tweeted that the stabbings occurred when the showgirls were walking the strip to take photos with tourists.
“I just talked to a tourist from Montreal, he says he saw at least two showgirls stabbed on the Strip. The showgirls walk the Strip to talk photographs with visitors. He shared photo below of one being taken away on a stretcher @KTNV,” tweeted ABC 13 reporter Joe Moeller.
“#BREAKING I’m speaking w/ woman who says 4 injured showgirls work for her. She says the suspect had a knife & claimed he was a chef & wanted to take a picture with the showgirls, when they said no that is when the stabbings started, we are waiting for info from Metro now @KTNV,” he wrote.
Moeller added: “Caution tape is blocking the Strip on the west and north side of Palazzo at this time. Showgirls I talked to say there are a number of locations where the stabbings took place @KTNV.”
Police Confirmed That Two People ‘Have Passed’
Koren said aid was rendered to multiple victims, and the suspect was quickly taken into custody. “Very tragically, two of them have passed,” Koren said of two of the victims.
“The scene is under control,” although part of Las Vegas Boulevard was shut down for investigatory purposes.
There are no more safety concerns, he said. He described the weapon as a “large kitchen knife.”
According to Reuters, the mass stabbing attack occurred in front of a casino along the Vegas Strip.
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