​Bodies of two fatally stabbed Vietnamese in Las Vegas repatriated this week

An ongoing police investigation has so far led to the arrest of one suspect

The murder suspect at the Circus Circus hotel in Las Vegas where the incident occurred. Photo: Las Vegas police

Two Vietnamese victims fatally stabbed in a Las Vegas hotel are scheduled to be repatriated this week, according to a source close to Tuoi Tre (Youth) newspaper.

The ashes of Nghia Boi Sang, 39, director of the Ho Chi Minh City- based Trieu Hao Tourist Company, are expected to arrive in Vietnam on Thursday, while the body of 30-year-old Nguyen Le Ba Khuong, the firm’s tour guide, is expected to arrive on Saturday.

Sang’s family traveled to the U.S. on June 7 to begin procedures to bring her home.

Procedures for Khuong’s repatriation are being carried out by the Heaven's Gate Funeral Home in Stanton, California while his mother cares for his ill father.

According to the Ho Chi Minh City Tour Guide Association, travel insurance could reimburse up to US$50,000 for the tragic incident.

The association will assist the victim’s families in filing the insurance claims once the investigation has been concluded.

The tour guide association has also raised VND150 million ($6,600) to support Khuong’s family as they mourn their loss.

Sang and Khuong were found with multiple stab wounds inside a room at the Circus Circus hotel and casino on the Las Vegas Strip at around 3:00 pm on June 1 (local time).

They were leading a group of Vietnamese tourists on a trip to Los Angeles and Las Vegas in the U.S. from May 30 to June 4, organized by Trieu Hao Company.

Police believe the incident occurred at around 2:00 am on the same day.

Officers were able to identify Julius Trotter, 31, as a prime suspect after reviewing security camera footage from the hotel.   He was arrested on June 7.

Investigators believe that the victims caught Trotter as he was attempting to rob their hotel room, whereupon he fatally stabbed them.

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