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Killer Sentenced To Prison For Murdering Rival Graffiti Gang Member

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Source: MEGA; Las Vegas Metro police

Mar. 11 2022, Published 10:41 a.m. ET

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A graffiti war in Las Vegas ended with blood being shed and a teenager being killed.

Now, a spray paint rival will head to prison for decades.

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This month, a judge in Clark County, Nevada, sentenced Luis Loya, 26, to 25 to 65 years in prison, according to the Las Vegas Review-Journal. Loya was convicted of first-degree murder for the 2014 killing of Angel Campos, 17.

Investigators said Campos was part of a graffiti crew called “Bombing City Walls,” and he had trouble with a rival gang. That is when Loya and a co-defendant approached Campos.

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Loya then shot him in the head, according to the Review-Journal.

Prosecutors described the killing as cold-blooded.

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“He took the gun from Mr. Mejia and not only shot Mr. Campos, but shot him in the head at close range and did not give him a chance,” Clark County prosecutor Rachel O’Halloran said, according to the Review-Journal. “Over spray paint. Over the fact that the defendant’s friend was in a fight with somebody that … the victim wasn’t even involved in. There was absolutely no provocation in this case and no reason this crime should have occurred.”

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Loya’s attorneys said he planned to appeal the conviction and the killer declined to comment at his sentencing.

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Campos’ mother, Guillermina Leon, addressed the court during a hearing and said their family was heartbroken, according to the Review-Journal.

“I ask you as a mother to please serve justice for my son Angel,” Leon said, the Review-Journal reported. “What Luis Loya did has ended me in this life. I’m practically dead. I’ve had eight years of no peace as a result of what Luis Loya did to my son.”

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