Mother and Daughter Murdered by 22-year-old Man

By Alberto Angulo

Bryan Clay, 22, was arrested early Friday morning for the double homicide of 38-year-old Yadira Martinez and her daughter, ten-year-old Karla Martinez. He was initially booked on an unrelated felony child-abuse warrant from an incident in March.  Police said they suspected his involvement in the brutal slayings and sexual assaults.

“I have been doing this for 22 years and this is the type of case you hope you never get to see,” said Las Vegas Police Lt. Ray Steiber at a late night news conference on Friday.

A car wash fundraiser for the Martinez family was held at 9 a.m. Saturday at the Real K-O Boxing Club, at 3240 B Civic Center Drive.

Family of the victims of the horrific, April 16th double homicide are afraid to speak out publicly after the loss of their family members, but they have been gathering nearly every day outside the Martinez family home near Lake Mead and Rancho to pray.

They are devastated by the loss of Yadira Martinez and her 10 year-old daughter, Karla. The family is still looking for any sort of answer as to why this brutal attack happened in the first place.

The father and patriarch of the family, Arturo Martinez, remains in a local hospital and is in and out of surgery. His injuries have still left him unable to speak with anyone, let alone with detectives who want to know what happened inside the home.

“We think it’s best to keep our mouths tight-lipped as police do their investigation. We don’t want to put anyone’s life in any kind of danger,” a family member said. “The children are … we don’t know what they’ve been through. We just gotta make sure they’re as healthy as they can possibly be from this point on.”

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