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Holocaust Survivors Share Stories with Students

LAS VEGAS -- A local Holocaust survivor has spent his life trying to fulfill the promise he made to his dying brother at a German concentration camp 65 years ago. He promised to tell the world about the atrocities his family suffered at the hands of the Nazis during WWII.

Author Stephen Nasser kept his promise by speaking at a local high school where one former teacher told students the Holocaust never happened.

Nasser was the only family member out of more than 20 to make it out of Auschwitz alive. He has since dedicated his life to sharing those horrors to undo the damage that can be caused by those claiming the Holocaust never happened.

"I promised my brother when he was dying in my arms that I would continue to keep the legacy," said Nasser.

One Dead in Rollover Accident on Summerlin Pkwy

LAS VEGAS -- Nevada Highway Patrol is investigating a rollover accident on Summerlin Parkway that left one person dead Tuesday evening.

Troopers say a car heading eastbound on the Summerlin Parkway lost control and rolled and ended up in the center median. Both people in the car were ejected. A woman was killed and a man was taken to UMC with critical injuries.

 

Teacher Who Denied Holocaust Reassigned

LAS VEGAS -- A teacher accused of telling students the Holocaust couldn't have happened has been reassigned from a northwest Las Vegas high school to middle school in North Las Vegas.

Clark County school officials are citing personnel policies and aren't saying why gym teacher Lori Sublette was reassigned Tuesday from Northwest Career and Technical Academy to Johnston Middle School.

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Las Vegas Shooting Victim Once Fought to Stay in the United States

LAS VEGAS -- A young woman who was killed in a double murder over the weekend had struggled to stay in this country after an immigration battle involving herself and her sister.

Channel 8 first met Mariam Sarkisian and her sister in 2005. That's when the government was threatening to deport the two back to Armenia despite living in the U.S. nearly their whole lives. Flangas

According to police, 23-year-old Gregg Thomas, who friends say was Mariam's ex-boyfriend, showed up at Mariam's home unannounced.

"broke the door wide open and Mariam was standing. He shot her. And then the momma was on the couch. He shot her," said Yelena Flangas, family friend.

Also in the home was the couple's 1-year-old child and Mariam's younger sister who screamed at Thomas during the shooting.

Shooting Suspect in Double Murder Dies

LAS VEGAS -- The shooting suspect in a double murder has died. Police say the suspect turned the gun on himself after shooting two other people late Sunday.

The shooting happened in a gated community about 8 p.m. on Warrenville Street. That's near West Charleston Boulevard and Hualapai Way.

8 News Now has learned that a mother and her daughter were killed.

 

CCSD Teacher Disciplined for Denying Holocaust

LAS VEGAS -- Northwest Career and Technical Academy physical education teacher Lori Sublette was sent home Friday morning with pay after media reports surfaced alleging she denied the Holocaust in front of her class.

The denial conversation surfaced before the Thanksgiving break when Sublette allegedly told students the Holocaust was exaggerated and history books did not have the correct information about the mass genocide of more than six million people.

The Clark County School District learned about what students said they heard after the holiday. "There was something said," academic manager Kelly Bucherie said.

Bucherie said Sublette had been teaching students while the investigation was underway, but only chose to send her home because of the level of concern the allegations would cause. "It would be for everybody's best interest," she said.

Northwest Neighborhood Evacuated After Explosives Scare

A northwest Las Vegas neighborhood is back to normal after being evacuated late Monday evening.

Residents were removed from about 20 homes near Gowan and Hualapai after police received information that there might be explosive materials in one of the homes. Metro tells 8 News Now that they did find items of concern, but nothing that would have caused any threat to the community.

Police are still searching for the suspect.