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Family of murdered valley teen speaks out

Posted at 2:19 AM, Mar 30, 2016
and last updated 2016-03-31 23:57:19-04

SECOND UPDATE:

Family members identify the woman fatally stabbed as 19 year-old Chelsey Lagle. 

"I miss her so much already," said Glynis Lagle. "She inspired me, I'm so proud to have been her mother."

The teen's body was found Tuesday in her apartment.  Her boyfriend, Skyler Fowler, has been arrested. 

"What he actually physically did to her is disgusting," said Lagle. 

Lagle's parents say they've forgiven their daughter's accused killer, but they still want him to go to prison.

"We both came to love him like a son," said Lagle. 

Chelsey's dad believes Fowler may have been under the influence of drugs during the violent attack.

Police have not confirmed those details. 

"Something happened that night," said David Lagle.  

The 19-year-old worked two jobs. She supported herself and had just purchased a new car. 

"We were always together, couldn't really separate us," said brother Sean Lagle. 

Sean says he suspected his sister was in an abusive relationship.

"She was always denying it," he said.  

The family is speaking out now to encourage other young women to leave abusive relationships.

"Don't take a chance with your life," said Lagle's mom.

Their beautiful daughter will be remembered for who she was, not how she died. 

"Very accepting of people no matter who you were, what you did," said Lagle. 

They have a GoFundMe account to help raise money for her funeral.

UPDATE: The suspect has been identified as 26-year-old Skyler Fowler. Police arrested Fowler in connection with the homicide of the female. Fowler was initially transported to the Sunrise Trauma Center where he received treatment for injuries believed to have been sustained during the homicide.

He was then transported to the Clark County Detention Center where he faces one count of open murder with a deadly weapon.

Neighbors told 13 Action News that the woman was fatally stabbed by her boyfriend and her mutilated body left in the bathtub.

A vigil for the woman was growing outside the apartment where the stabbing occurred.

ORIGINAL STORY:

A portion of Tropicana Avenue near Spencer Street was temporarily closed overnight as police investigated a bizarre homicide.

It started Tuesday night at the Enclave-University Town Center Apartments near UNLV on Spencer Street. Police say that a man stabbed a woman he was living with and then took off in her car, naked and covered in blood.

The man eventually crashed into a 7-Eleven. When a nearby citizen tried to help him, the man attacked.

Police were dispatched to the scene at 11:17 p.m.

 

In this surveillance video you can see the car crash through the gate, sending sparks flying. You'll see more video on KTNV Channel 13 Action News.

Posted by Parker Collins on Wednesday, March 30, 2016

Police say the man is now in the hospital. They are still investigating whether or not he was intoxicated.

13 Action News spoke to a man who says he lives next door to the crime scene. He claims that he heard what happened and was too scared to leave his home.

I spoke with a man who says he lives next door to the crime scene. He heard it happen and was too scared to leave his home.

Posted by Parker Collins on Wednesday, March 30, 2016

Tropicana Avenue is now open for traffic, but police plan to remain on scene for several hours.