LAS VEGAS -- On Sunday, family and friends came together to mark the one year anniversary of the death of a 46-year-old woman who was beaten to death in her Summerlin apartment.
Police discovered Shauna Tiaffay's ex-husband, a Las Vegas firefighter, had allegedly paid a man $600 to kill her.
"I think about the last time I talked to her and think about what I wish I would have done, leading up to it and things like that," said Tiaffay's sister, Paula Stokes-Richards. "It is a difficult milestone, but at the same time I miss her just as much today as I did a year ago."
For family and friends of Tiaffay, time has done little to comfort the loss they carry in their hearts.
On September 29, 2012, police discovered Tiaffay's brutally beaten body in her Summerlin apartment.
Investigators later discovered she was the victim of a murder-for-hire plot allegedly orchestrated by her husband George Tiaffay.
Tiaffay's sister says the time since Shauna's murder has only brought more remorse. She says, "It sounds ridiculous, but you know all these things run through your mind, and you wish you could go back in time and try to change the course of events."
With candles lit and photos of Tiaffay, Stokes-Richards and her husband say they are using the anniversary to bring attention to domestic violence and highlight the signs they missed. "For many years in Shauna's marriage, we heard about verbal abuse and a lot of controlling issues between her husband and her."
"There is nothing we can do to bring her back, but maybe there is something we can do to make sure this doesn't happen to anyone else," said Tiaffay's brother-in-law.
A trial has yet to begin in Tiaffay's case, but her family says they have full faith in the justice system and wait for a day of closure.
"It's a daily process. I think about it all the time, and I hope that someday I will get to the point that I'm not consumed by it," said Stokes-Richards.
Tiaffay left behind a daughter who is now 9-years-old. She is in primary custody of the Tiaffay family and is doing well.
George Tiaffay's trial date is scheduled for January 13, 2014.