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Green Valley Band Returns Home After Playing for Obama

The local high school band that marched and played in the inauguration parade began making its way back to Las Vegas on Wednesday.

Some of the tired students arrived at McCarran International Airport Wednesday morning saying the exhaustion was well worth the experience. They arrived into the arms of their cheering families.

The 120 member Green Valley High School marching band walked by the presidential viewing area during Tuesday's parade. They played "Viva Las Vegas" for the new president. Although band members have performed for school events and at competitions, they say, this invitation to perform for President Obama was unforgettable.

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Community Says Goodbye to Slain Teacher

The community paid respects to Matthew Cox, the Basic High School teacher found murdered last month. Two brothers, 18-year-old Jose Delatorre and 17-year-old Juan Aguirre are under arrest for the murder. Aguirre was one of Cox's students.

The two are accused of hitting Cox in the head and choking him to death. Aguirre told Henderson Police that Cox made sexual advancements toward him. But investigators say the teens also robbed Cox's home.

Prosecutors announced Wednesday they will try Aguirre as an adult.

But it was not a night to talk about the accusations made by the suspects. That will all be sorted out in the courts. On Wednesday night, a community turned out to reflect, remember, and share their sorrow.

The Basic High School choir sang with one voice, paying their respects to their leader, their mentor, their inspiration -- Matthew Cox.

"There's a lesson in everything he said.

Green Valley Band Headed to Inauguration

The Green Valley High School marching band is headed to Washington for the inauguration of President-Elect Barack Obama.

About 120 members of the band are leaving for Philadelphia and Washington on Friday. The total cost of the trip is about $120,000. About a third of that was raised directly by students who played in special concerts and even in their churches.

"People who have sent us $5 bills in envelopes and this is huge community support. I am really pleased. We did not get a lot of really big donations but the ones we did really meant a lot to us," said Diane Koutsulis, band director.

The band will play a patriotic medley during the parade. They hope to be performing "Viva Las Vegas" as they march by the presidential reviewing stand.

Green Valley School Band Invited to Obama Inauguration

A huge honor has been announced for the Green Valley High School marching band. They have been invited to be a part of Barack Obama's presidential inauguration next month. But they need help to get there.

The band needs to raise $120,000. That's what the trip will cost the students be a part of this historical event. At time of budget cuts and extra curricular activities at high schools being questioned, this an example of how these programs work.

You can help out by clicking here.

The Marching Gator Band is used to performing in front of crowds during football season and also at competitions. But January's inauguration will be the biggest performance for this band to date.

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Manhunt Continues for Suspect in Year Old Murder

One year ago, a Henderson woman named Mariela Moreno was murdered and her body dumped in the desert. The 20-year-old was missing for two months before her body was found.

Her boyfriend emerged as a suspect. Now there's an international manhunt for Isidro Munoz, and he may be connected to another killing.

Her smile and beauty captivated the valley's attention for months. Mariela Moreno came to Las Vegas from Mexico. She loved her family, had a fun-loving spirit, but her life would have a tragic ending. It is still painful for Mariela's sister to talk about. She shares her sorrow, hoping for justice.

Police say Mariela was beaten to death at the hands of Isidro Garduno Munoz, her boyfriend who became obsessive.

"He visited Mariela around four times a day. There was something strange, you know," said Mariela's sister Monica Moreno-Kongsrud.

Moreno celebrated the New Year at Firefly near the Strip.

Smoke Detector Alerts Family of Fire

The Henderson Fire Department responded to a house fire at the 2100 block Tour Edition Dr. in the Green Valley area of Henderson at 11:19pm Friday night.

Upon arriving firefighters found four of the residents who had evacuated the home, thanks in part to the smoke detectors alerting them to the fire, standing in the front yard. The residents informed the firefighters that the fire was in the master bedroom on the 2nd floor of the house.

Firefighters were able to get water on the fire quickly and had it extinguished shortly after their arrival. The fire was believed to be accidental in nature but the cause is still be investigated. The total amount of damage to the house was estimated to be $100,000. 

Reward Offered for Information of Missing St. George Man

HENDERSON, Nev. -- A $10,000 reward is now being offered for information that could lead to clues to the whereabouts of a St. George, Utah man last seen in Henderson in mid-December.

Steven Kosher's car was found abandoned in a Sun City Anthem Cul-de-sac on December 13, 2009. He was last seen on surveillance video walking away from his car.

Where is Steven Koecher?

Koecher's family held a press conference Friday on the steps of Henderson's City Hall to announce the reward and offer updates on the investigation.

"We ask for a week of vigilance here in Las Vegas. If people keep their eyes out, they might find him or see someone who looks like him. We appreciate all clues," said Steven's father Rolf Koecher.