LAS VEGAS NV April 29 2016 An on-duty security guard beaten and shot to death was so severely injured, his family and friends tell News 3, the culprits robbed them of a goodbye.
Now, they’re asking anyone with information to come forward to help catch the people who killed 48-year-old Mark Santee.
“The world is a sadder place today because he’s not here,” said Cheri Mueller. Cheri lives with Mark’s youngest daughter, Ashley, and her boyfriend, Matthew Pearce.
“It’s like a nightmare,” said Pearce.
He has been by Ashley’s side all day. It was Ashley who called authorities when her father did not return home at his usual time. She wrote a letter to her dad on Facebook: “Dear dad, today we lost you and I have no words to explain how I feel knowing that you’re gone. You were a kind and caring man, and a good husband to mom.”
It continues on to say, “We all miss you. I love you.”
Santee worked two jobs to provide for his family. He was working his security gig at Safeguard Security at a construction site in the 5100 block of South Jerry Tarkanian Way when he was found dead about 12:30 a.m. Wednesday. He was unarmed and working on the property by himself, according to a coworker and police.
Police believe several robbers may have been scouring the site when he tried to stop them. His family friends tell News 3 he was shot four times and severely beaten.
“The coroner has said that he has so much damage they don’t recommend that anybody come and say goodbye,” said Mueller. “To not be able to say goodbye is hard, and my heart is breaking for (the family). Nobody deserves his kind of violence in their life.”
They are asking anyone with information to come forward and contact police.
Mark leaves behind a wife, three daughters and three grandchildren.
His family friends say they were living paycheck to paycheck, and now his widow is struggling to pay for rent and for funeral costs.
If you’d like to help, you can click here to go to their GoFundMe.