LAS VEGAS (KLAS) — Loved ones are honoring the memory of 41-year-old Tara Shapiro, who died in a fire over the weekend. The incident happened Sunday morning in northwest Las Vegas at a home on Cancun Avenue near Jones and Iron Mountain.
Shapiro’s family and friends described her as a beautiful soul. While fire crews and police investigate what happened at the home, loved ones just want answers.
“She loved everybody so much, and it’s just really hard to see a bright light like that just completely go out,” said Dezare Zinn, a close friend.
Zinn said Shapiro was one of her best friends, and she was nothing short of special.
“She always encouraged her friends to live their best lives and just to go live their purpose,” said Zinn.
Photos capture just a glimpse of their special bond, from laughing at Dezare’s wedding to going on hikes across the region.
“I’m, I’m definitely going to miss all that, for sure,” she expressed.
Fire crews said Shapiro was found Sunday, lying down on a bedroom mattress that was on fire. Metro Police said there are “suspicious circumstances” here, and Zinn has a similar feeling.
“She’s not the type that would do anything to harm herself, and I really don’t anticipate that she would make an accident like that … everybody that I’ve talked to feels like there’s something not right about the situation,” she said.
Dezare said Tara has a teenage daughter, but Tara lived alone in the house.
“It’s a great loss to this world, for sure,” she said.
8 News Now spoke with Shapiro’s dad, who said the family is devastated by her death. They are not ready to talk about it just yet.
There’s no word on cause of death at this time.