LAS VEGAS — As October marks domestic violence month, the Vegas Metro Police Department remembers victims whose lives were cut short by domestic violence.
Names of domestic violence victims are posted on this plaque that will be on a display at the Nellis Air Force Base, and will be moved to the Family Justice court center in downtown Las Vegas.
Domestic violence is a community issue that can affect any member of the society, regardless of gender race and age, and among those victims are Filipino Americans living here in southern Nevada.
In 2012 the Pinoy community was stunned by the brutal murder of Gloria Lopez Cave. She was buried in a shallow grave in her backyard by her own husband Hugh Elvin Cave. Cave was sentenced to life in prison.
In 2014, Daisy Dahan’s life was cut short. She was stabbed to death by her husband Richard Magdayo Dahan. Dahan was sentenced to up to 20 years without eligibility of parole.
In 2016, Arthur Lopez was found guilty of killing his wife Erlinda Lopez. Arthur Lopez is now serving a minimum of 20 years, and a maximum of 50 years in prison.
Recently, 20-year-old Makable Rhiner was found dead, believed to be attacked from behind and beaten to death. The suspect is her ex-boyfriend Brandon Hanson.
Hanson is scheduled to appear in court on November 11.
LVMPD’s Kevin McMahill says that many instances of domestic violence are underreported, because of fear of a possible retaliation.
“The reality is domestic violence normally occurs behind closed doors but people will always know. Friends, family, somebody confide them, maybe the see some marks because both men and women could be victims of domestic violence,” said McMahill. “Victims feel oftentimes feel victimized, they just don’t want to reach out they are worried about where they”re gonna live where their children are gonna be able to reside, how they’re gonna be able to pay their bills, if the male or female the suspect is the primary breadwinner we have resources for that. “
If you think someone you know is a victim of domestic violence you may contact your local authorities, or go to Safenest.org.
Support groups are available in the community.