Sister Talks About Killing of Summerlin Woman - 8 News NOW

Sister Talks About Killing of Summerlin Woman

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Tiaffay's sister Paula Stokes talks with 8 News NOW anchor Paul Joncich. Tiaffay's sister Paula Stokes talks with 8 News NOW anchor Paul Joncich.

LAS VEGAS -- The sister of a 46-year-old woman found beaten to death in her Summerlin apartment Saturday morning has traveled to Las Vegas to learn more about her sister's death.

The night before Shauna Tiaffay's body was found, she had worked the swing shift at her job as a cocktail waitress at the Palms.

No arrests have been made in Tiaffay's death.

Tiaffay's sister, Paula Stokes, traveled from Nashville, Tenn., in hopes of learning why someone would kill her sister.

"I want to make sure that just because she was a pretty cocktail waitress, that people understand she was an excellent mother, she didn't party, didn't even drink," Stokes said. "She just wanted to focus on her daughter."

Tiaffay had an 8-year-old daughter who was splitting time between Tiaffay and her father because her parents were separated.

Tiaffay had lived in Las Vegas for 18 years and was in a relationship with her husband for the past 10 years. Stokes said her sister and brother-in-law were living apart. She said she would not comment on her sister's marriage.

Metro Police would not confirm whether there was a forced entry into Tiaffay's apartment near Sahara Avenue and Pavilion Center Drive.

"She was just very trusting," Stokes said. "When she parked at the Palms, she parked in an area that was probably less safe than she should have. She just never thought any harm would come to her."

Her death has upset many in the service industry who wonder if she was stalked by a customer.

Tuesday night, dozens of Tiaffay's work friends gathered to remember her. They wrote messages on balloons and released them. Some said she was the type of woman who would bake cupcakes to cheer up a friend.

Some of Tiaffay's co-workers have suspicions and theories about who might who killed her. According to police, there is no suspect. According to co-workers, Tiaffay had not previously expressed anxiety or fear.

"It's scary," a friend said. "I'm sure her neighbors, everyone must be scared to death."

Stokes said she has confidence in the detectives working on the case.

 

 

 

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