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Former UNLV Football Player Killed in Fight at the Luxor
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LAS VEGAS -- A former UNLV football player is dead and a mixed martial arts fighter is in custody after a weekend fight in a Luxor Hotel suite.

Police say 25-year-old Jason Sindelar is facing one count of murder and two counts of battery with substantial bodily harm. According to the police report, 26-year-old Demario Reynolds died after Sindelar punched him several times in the head and chest. Sindelar has a mixed martial arts record in the ring of four amateur wins and one professional loss.

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Metro Police say Sindelar was fighting with his girlfriend at the Luxor early Saturday morning. Witnesses told police Reynolds tried to break it up. That's when Sindelar allegedly attacked. According to the arrest report, "Reynolds told Sindelar that he didn't want to fight with him, that he loved him and (Sindelar) just needed to calm down." "Sindelar was extremely intoxicated and wouldn't listen and continued fighting," the arrest report states.

Christina Reynolds is heartbroken over the loss of her brother, who was also a graduate of Las Vegas High School and, she says, a loving father. "They were friends," she said of her brother and Sindelar. "(Reynolds) stepped in to save Jason's girlfriend's life… They say Jason kept pounding and pounding and pounding (Reynolds)."

Clark County District Attorney David Roger predicts a jury will consider Sindelar's mixed martial arts background if it issues a verdict. "This is an unusual case for us," Roger said. "Because this person is a trained fighter in a very violent sport, that person has the ability to kill… Other jurors might conclude that this person was trained. He should have exercised restraint."

Police say he didn't. Now, the family of Demario Reynolds grieves. "It hurts," Christine Reynolds said. "You wouldn't expect it. How did this happen?"

Jason Sindelar denied 8 News NOW's request for an interview from his jail cell. If convicted, he could spend the rest of his life in prison.

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