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Police May Pursue Murder Charges in Death of High School Teacher

LAS VEGAS -- A Las Vegas high school teacher is dead after a crime spree that happened early Wednesday morning. Police say the suspects were looking for crimes of opportunity when they violently robbed several people, including the teacher and a homeless person.

Students from Eldorado High School say there is a sense of sadness in the halls now that science teacher Timothy VanDerbosch is dead.

"How can you do something like that? You don't know the person, but people don't think that way, you know. People who would do something like that wouldn't think like that," said student Melissa Valenzuala.

Police say the group responsible for the crimes brutally beat VanDerbosch before he ran to get away and was hit by a passing car. He was transported to the hospital where he later died.

"It's incomprehensible. I could not fathom why. These are animals, outright animals. It's just senseless. Life means nothing to them," said VanDerbosch's brother Dave VanDerbosch.

VanDerbosch was attacked only blocks from the school while walking to class from his home. His family says that is what he did every morning because he didn't prefer to drive.

Police say the suspects were looking for crimes of opportunity when they violently robbed the teacher and three other people.

"They are not netting much of anything. The crime meets the elements of a robbery. We are not ruling out the fact it's possible these suspects are doing it just because," said Metro Homicide Lt. Lew Roberts.

Officers say the group targeted bus stops and a homeless person during their crime spree. Once caught, authorities say they will likely be charged with murder, even though they were not the ones that hit the teacher with their car. Police say that's because they were responsible for events that led up to the accident.

According to police, the suspects are Hispanic men in their early 20's and were driving a 1999 or 2000 white Nissan Maxima possibly with front end damage.

If you have information about the crime, you're asked to call Crime Stoppers at 385-5555.