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Man shot, killed ex-girlfriend and 2 children, teen escaped

Friends say 27-year-old Michael Franco shot and killed his ex-girlfriend Selina Rowsell and their 5-year old son Avi along with Rowsell’s son Arias. The shooting happened inside a Henderson gated community last night.

UPDATE Sept. 25, 2018

The Clark County Coroner's Office has identified the victims as 34-year-old Selina Rowsell, 5-year-old Avi Franco, and 15-year-old Arias Franco.

The suspect has been identified as 27-year-old Michael Franco.


ORIGINAL STORY

Henderson police continue to investigate a four-person murder-suicide.

Officers say 27-year-old Michael Franco shot his ex-girlfriend and two of their children.

Investigators say Rowsell's 17-year-old daughter was home at the time of the shooting but managed to escape the vicious attack.

Neighbor David Dagostin told News 3 that he heard the initial gunshots ring out Thursday night.

"All of a sudden five gunshots went off," he said.

Henderson police say Franco arrived at the home he once shared with his ex-girlfriend, 34-year-old Selina Rowsell, and their children for a visit. The family lived at The Liberty, a gated community, off of U.S. 95 and Wagonwheel Drive.

According to police, Franco shot Rowsell and then shot and killed his 5-year-old son Avi and Rowsell's 15-year-old son Arias. Franco then set the home on fire and shot and killed himself on the second floor.

"He set the house on fire. After he shot the woman. He took a bag and tried to set the house on fire. The sprinklers put out the fire," said Dagostin.

Friends of the couple say the couple separated three months ago. Dagostin remembers a happy man walking with his children in the neighborhood.

"I knew the guy. I lived here for 13 years. It's first thing anything like this has happened. The guy would come down the street with his two children. Playing with the kids with their bikes. He looked like a great father," he said.

Samantha Pierce is a church pastor and lives in the neighborhood.

"I'm heartbroken for the surviving child. I just pray they are surrounded with support, she said.

Friends of Franco say they never expected he would lash out in this way.

"What's hardest for me is being a family pastor the realization that somebody . . . this family didn't have maybe support. Maybe we weren't as good as a community," said Pierce.

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