Police identify suspect in fatal shooting outside brewery

Published Mon, Jun 20, 2011 (9:38 p.m.)

Updated Tue, Jun 21, 2011 (9:22 a.m.)

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Michael Portaro

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Richard Portaro, father of 22-year-old Michael Portaro, addresses the media May 11 as he announces a reward being offered in the case.

Police said they have identified a suspect in the shooting death of a former Faith Lutheran quarterback killed outside a northwest valley brewery in March.

Richard Portaro, father of 22-year-old aspiring hip-hop artist Michael Portaro, said police told him Brandon Jovan Hill was suspected in the shooting.

"This piece of (expletive) will never see the light of day again..thank you Metro, thank you friends for your support," he wrote on his Facebook page.

Clark County jail records indicate Hill, 22, initially was arrested May 19 on other charges, but now is being held in connection with a charge of murder with a deadly weapon.

Metro Police didn't comment publicly on the case Monday, but scheduled a news conference for Tuesday to release other details.

A court appearance for Hill tentatively was scheduled for Wednesday morning. He was being held without bond.

Michael Portaro was found dead from multiple gunshots March 30 outside the Tenaya Creek Brewery, near Tenaya Way and Cheyenne Avenue. He had been in the area selling tickets to an upcoming concert.

Metro Police had released surveillance video that showed an apparent suspect walking in front of the brewery.

During a May 11 news conference to announce a $30,000 reward in the killing, Richard Portaro had urged anyone with information to contact police so his son's killer could be brought to justice.

"We're not playing games anymore," he said in May. "We're going to get this guy."

Michael Portaro graduated from Faith Lutheran in 2006 and his two younger siblings attend school there.

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