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Suspect arrested in case of woman's body found burned

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UPDATE: Through the course of the investigation, LVMPD Homicide Detectives identified 22-year-old Raymond Quinsell Lewis as the suspect in this incident. On March 16, around 5:00 p.m., Lewis was taken into custody in the 6000 block of West Washington Avenue. He was then transported to the Clark County Detention Center, and booked on one count of Open Murder. Investigators believe Lewis and the victim had been in a former dating relationship.

ORIGINAL STORY:

LAS VEGAS (KSNV News3LV) -- The search for a killer continues. The Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department released the identity of a young woman whose body was found burned on Saturday inside an apartment complex. She's 20-year-old Geranique Bentley. But, investigators still don't know why she was killed, or who is responsible.

Bentley went by the nickname "Chicago." She had a checkered past with law enforcement, but one person News 3 spoke with said she tried to get clean.

"I would like to see justice for her, I would like to see that very much." A woman; who didn't want to be identified; said she knew Geranique. The young woman frequented a convenience store she works at, near Rainbow and Washington, close to where her body was discovered.

The woman told News 3 that Geranique had her demons but tried to get clean. "One day, about a year ago, she came in and wasn't messed up and told me she did a stint in one of those rehabs." But, she said it didn't last, that Geranique was quickly her old habits. " She'd come in and go, come in and go."

Two-days-ago Westine Parker told News 3 she hadn't seen Geranique in 48 hours and she just knew. "It hurts. It really hurts," she said.

Those that live in the neighborhood where her body was found are hoping for justice.

"Once they have whoever is responsible for that in custody, it's going to be kind of relief, that that person is off the street," said Alan Miller.

He and his wife Pauline Chuckluck made the gruesome discovery when they were flying their drone on Saturday.

"I can't stop thinking about it," said Pauline.

"Like who could do something like this?" said Alan.

This is the 29th homicide investigated by the LVMPD in 2017.

LVMPD homicide detectives need help with this case. If you have any information you are urged to contact the LVMPD Homicide Section at 702-828-3521 or Crime Stoppers at 702-385-5555.

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