A 17-year-old boy in Nevada is dead after a game of Russian Roulette at an abandoned house in Henderson.
The Las Vegas Review-Journal reports that Matthew Minkler, 17, was found dead of a gunshot wound to the head on Friday. Police were led to the home after officers apprehended a group of juveniles driving a stolen car, which ran a red light and crashed at an intersection.
After the crash, five juveniles got out of the car and ran, but were eventually apprehended. Once in custody, the juveniles reportedly told police about the shooting death. Police found Minkler dead at a house on the 2000 block of Cool Lilac Avenue.
According to the newspaper, two of the five juveniles have been arrested in connection to the homicide: Jaiden Caruso, 16, has been charged with murder with a deadly weapon, and Kody Harlan, 17, has been charged with accessory to murder after the fact and destroying evidence.
Minkler reportedly died in the kitchen of the home before his body was dragged to a closet on a lower level after the fatal shot, the result of a Russian Roulette game, according to police records obtained by the newspaper.
“Russian roulette is known to be a deadly game of loading a single bullet into a revolver, spinning the cylinder and then pulling the trigger,” the report notes.
It is not yet known who orchestrated the Russian Roulette game, or if all players were aware the gun was loaded.
Minkler’s cousin started a GoFundMe crowdfunding campaign to raise funds for a memorial service and help support the family.