A woman stabbed and killed in her apartment Sunday near downtown Las Vegas has been identified.
She was Glenda Taylor, 45, of Las Vegas, the Clark County coroner’s office said.
A family member found Taylor on Sunday morning with multiple stab wounds in her apartment on the 2200 block of West Bonanza Road.
Police said that Taylor’s boyfriend, 46-year-old Steven Miller, stabbed Taylor before trying to kill himself. He is receiving treatment at University Medical Center but will face charges of murder with a deadly weapon.
“She was loving, kind, down to earth,” the victim’s daughter Erica Taylor said. “A genuine person. She was very righteous and loved hard.”
The mother of four was born in Palau, Taylor’s daughter said, but grew up in Utah as an adopted child. She had lived in Las Vegas for over 10 years and enjoyed spending her free time with her family and at church.
Just a few days before her death, Taylor expressed interest in opening a cosmetics store, her daughter said. Taylor had worked as a makeup artist and as a manager at a local Macy’s. But she had recently retired to pursue an education and enrolled at College of Southern Nevada.
“We went to CSN together,” Taylor’s daughter said. Even though the mother and daughter had different schedules, they often made time to meet together on campus. “We talked all the time.”
Taylor was working toward an associate degree in arts, a CSN representative said.
“She was like a model on the outside but even more beautiful on the inside,” Taylor’s close friend Tonya McKinney said.
McKinney, who works as a business teacher for the Clark County School District, said Taylor’s death would inspire her to be more direct with students about domestic abuse topics.
“People can’t believe he could do this,” she said of probation officer and football coach charged with murder, “but they don’t understand that’s what domestic abuse is. It’s behind closed doors.”
“I’m sure he regrets it,” she said. “But that’s not going to bring her back.”
The family has created a GoFundMe campaign to raise money to cover funeral costs.
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