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Family looking for answers surrounding shooting victim's death

By Jennifer Kastner. CREATED Jan 23, 2014

Las Vegas, NV (KTNV) -- The family of the driver killed in Tuesday's shooting off South Rainbow Boulevard and West Tropicana Avenue came forward on Thursday night for their first on camera interview with Action News.

They're begging for the suspected shooter to turn himself into police.

26-year-old Cleottus Harvey was shot to death while in his car with his 2-year-old and 4-year-old in his backseat.

Close family member Tina Jones said of the suspect, "He took a human life, interrupted so many lives."

"Now these kids are going to be fatherless," said mother-in-law Joyce Poole. "The suspect didn't even give them the opportunity to be raised by a father."

Police believe it all started as an argument while sitting in traffic. Harvey and another driver exchanged some words. Moments later, Harvey was shot and killed while his children were in the backseat.

The suspect took off. Police describe the suspect as a white male in a dark-colored sedan. Anyone with information is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 385-5555.

Friends said Harvey put his family and God before everything else.

"He worked the graveyard shift and he would sacrifice and get to church on Sunday mornings after work," said Pastor Carey Conner of Christian Embassy Worship Center.

"Cleo was the kind of person that when you spoke with him, he left you with a smile," added Jones. In a final message to the suspect, she said, "Everyone gets angry and makes mistakes, but the bigger person owns up to their mistakes."

A memorial fund has been set up to help his family. If you'd like to help, head to any Wells Fargo bank at mention account number: 8545021571.

Jennifer Kastner

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Jennifer Kastner is a general assignment reporter for Action News.