Red Cross medical director kills girlfriend, baby, self in murder-suicide
By Jennifer Cruz
Karen Jackson with her baby, John Jr., both victims of a murder-suicide at a Las Vegas home this week. (Photo: Las Vegas Review-Journal)
Officers responding to a call about a welfare check Monday night in a southwest Las Vegas neighborhood discovered the bodies of two adults and a baby in what appeared to be a murder-suicide.
The Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department confirmed in a press release that the victim included a woman and an 11-month-old baby.
“Evidence at the scene indicates the male shot and killed the female and infant before shooting himself,” the release states.
The Las Vegas Review-Journal identified the deceased individuals as John Henry Lunetta, 40; Karen Michelle Jackson, 35; and the couple’s baby, John Jr., who would have turned 1 year old Wednesday. Authorities also said the family’s dog had been shot to death. Jackson’s 11-year-old daughter was not home at the time of the murder-suicide and is currently in the care of relatives.
Friends, family and neighbors alike are shocked by the murder-suicide. Neighbor Denise Bernardo called the act “deranged,” adding that Lunetta, who was a medical director for the America Red Cross, “must have snapped.”
Neighbors said they never witnessed the couple fight or even argue and there appeared