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Second victim of Sunday's carjacking has died

Denise Wong

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Second victim of Sunday's carjacking has died

CREATED Aug. 20, 2013

Las Vegas, NV (KTNV) -- The second victim of Sunday's carjacking outside the Flamingo hotel and casino has died, according to a family member.

31-year-old Felix Brandon Cruz's cousin told Action News that overnight, the family decided to take Cruz off of life support at University Medical Center.

The tragedy started on Sunday morning outside of the Flamingo. Cruz and his brother-in-law, Jesus "Jessie" Magdaleno, Jr., were loading up a truck in the valet of the Flamingo when a man hopped in and carjacked their truck.

Cruz was in the back and Magdaleno jumped in to help his brother-in-law.

Police said the carjacker drove off and ended up crashing the truck at Flamingo and Valley View.

Magdaleno, a California Highway Patrol officer, died at the scene. Cruz was taken to the hospital with critical injuries.

His cousin, Rudy Rubalcaba, said Cruz was a father of two young kids and his wife is pregnant with their third child. Rubalcaba said she and Cruz's parents, along with extended family members from California, have been at UMC. Overnight, they decided to take Cruz off of life support.

Rubalcaba said that Cruz was a real estate agent from Visalia, California, which is in the Fresno area. Rubalcaba said his cousin was a dedicated family man.

"He put his family first. Family was the main thing. His parents were proud of him," said Rubalcaba. "Just an all-around great guy. He was that guy. The best, happy, fun guy to be around."

Jesus Magdaleno, Jr., 33, was also from the Fresno area. He and Cruz were in Las Vegas for Magdaleno's bachelor party.

Police have arrested the suspected carjacker, James Montgomery, 29, from Tustin, California.  He faces several charges including murder.

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