Former chef kills nurse wife

Daisy and Richard Magdayo Dahan

Daisy and Richard Magdayo Dahan

By Bert Eljera

LAS VEGAS – A Filipino-American former chef is in police custody after stabbing and killing his wife,a certified nurse assistant, in their Las Vegas apartment after his wife told him she wanted a divorce.

Richard Magdayo Dahan said he killed his wife on Friday using two knives and a meat cleaver before showering, driving to a police station and turning himself in, according to a Metro Police report.

Magdayo Dahan, 40, said if he has to do it all over again, he will still do the same.

Magdayo Dahan and his wife, Daisy Dahan, 28, met in the Philippines and lived together for seven months before getting married in October 2011.

According to the police report, trouble started when the couple moved to the United States where Magdayo Dahan had two children with an ex-girlfriend.

A recent recipient of a kidney transplant, Madayo Dahan  also had lost his job as a chef at a Strip resort.

Daisy Dahan also expressed jealousy of Richard’s continued relationship with the mother of his children and was angry when he gave money to the children.

As the relationship deteriorated, Daisy Dahan started asking for a divorce. But Magdayo  Dahan said divorce was unacceptable.

According to the three-page police report, the situation grew to a head on Friday after lunch.

The Las Vegas Sun reported that  Magdayo told police he went into the couple’s kitchen where his wife was sitting and stabbed her in the base of her neck with a serrated knife. His wife, while trying to grab the knife, yelled, “No, no, no, oh ord, no.”

Because the knife was entangled in Daisy Dahan’s hair, Magdayo told police he retrieved a small meat cleaver and struck his wife several time in the top of her head. Then, grabbing a fillet knife, stabbed Daisy Dahan in the abdomen and cut her from the corner of her mouth because she continued to make noises.

According to the Las Vegas Sun, Magdayo told police he walked into his bedroom and began pacing, trying to determine what he would do next. He got into the shower fully clothed, washed the clothes, removed them and finished his shower.

After dressing and without looking at his wife’s body, Magdayo Dahan got into his Toyota Tackoma pickup truck and made the 6.5-mile drive from the couple’s Camden Vintage Apartments home at 6500 Vegas Drive to Metro’s Northwest Area Command building at 9850 W. Cheyenne Ave.

Shortly before 3 p.m., Magdayo Dahan walked into the building and announced to a Metro support technician, “I stabbed my wife to death.”

Meanwhile, The killing shocked the Filipino-American community here, particularly friends oF Daisy Dahan.

She was not working on her divorce papers but here immigration status, one friend,, who did not want to disclose her name said.

“Amidst her suffering she didn’t even tell us,” another anonymous friend said. but she did pass. “That’s why I am, we are just shocked. We are devastated by the whole thing. You know, for me, we could’ve done something more.”

Magdayo Dahan is set to face the Clark County District on Wednesday. He is facing open murder with deadly weapons.


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