On Friday, the German got into an altercation with another man, which resulted in him being stabbed, the captain. Dori Koren of Las Vegas Police said at a news conference Saturday.
For more than three decades, the Germans have worked in Las Vegas, first at the Las Vegas Sun and then at Review Magazine, covering courts, politics and organized crime. German’s colleagues remember him as a brilliant journalist who was very devoted to his craft.
“He’s the gold standard in journalism,” Glenn Cook, executive editor of The Review Journal, told the paper. “It’s hard to imagine what Las Vegas would be like today without him shining a bright light in a dark place over the years.”
Cook said the German had not told the newspaper’s leadership any concerns about his safety. Police said there was no threat to the public following the stabbing, the Review Magazine reported.
During his career, the German was known for his extensive investigative work and high-profile coverage of politics and organized crime. He authored the 2001 true crime book, The Sin City Murders: The Death of a Las Vegas Casino Owner, and led the paper’s investigation into the deadliest Las Vegas mass shooting in modern U.S. history in 2017 case.
“He was a fearless reporter who never shied away from tough stories no matter who was involved,” the Rep. said. Dina Titus (Nevada Democrat) tweet. “Many exposed the need for reform, which made our city better.”
In a statement to The Washington Post, Cook said the Review-Journal staff had a question: “Why would someone kill Jeff?” He hoped the arrest would provide an answer.
“His family and colleagues will miss him dearly, and we are all appalled by his senseless killing,” Cook’s statement said.
Rhonda Prast, Review-Journal Assistant Editor-in-Chief for Investigations and Engagement, tweet On Sunday, the German was proud of his work last year on the paper’s true crime podcast “Mobbed Up: The Fight for Las Vegas.”
German wrote and hosted the second season of the podcast, an eight-episode season that delves into organized crime in Las Vegas in the 1970s and 1980s.
“Listen to what you think about Jeff today,” Prast tweeted.