Woman murdered in parking lot near UNLV campus identified

A woman was found murdered in a parking lot near the UNLV campus off Flamingo and Maryland on 3/19/17 (Nathan O'Neal | KSNV)

The Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department continues its investigation into the murder of a young woman who was shot in the back of the head in a parking lot near the UNLV campus.

The victim was identified as 39-year-old Latoya Norgina Woolen. Her official cause of death was a shotgun wound of the head and neck and the manner was ruled a homicide.

It happened Sunday night at a business plaza near Flamingo Road and Maryland Parkway. Police say a woman walked out of a dollar store with three grocery bags and was shot at least once from behind in the back parking lot.

“It didn't look like she saw them coming,” said LVMPD Lt. Dan McGrath.

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Police are not calling it a robbery since she was found still wearing her jewelry. All of her belongings – including her wallet – were left untouched when her body was discovered.

“When somebody gets killed that young, it’s very painful,” said Mae Chambers, who lives a short walk from the scene. “Every morning I'm hearing somebody got shot ... somebody get killed ... it's unbelievable.”

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Detectives are now building a timeline, reviewing surveillance video from nearby stores and office buildings. So far, there is no suspect and no motive.

“Not sure if she was alone and somebody ran off or if this was planned,” said Lt. McGrath.

It’s an unsettling thought for many neighbors who frequent this area as the search for the killer continues.

This marks the 34th homicide LVMPD has investigated so far this year.

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