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Teacher Stabbed to Death in Long Beach Park in Front of Students

A 53-year-old teacher was stabbed to death in a park in Long Beach Friday afternoon in front of her students, police said.

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A 50-year-old man accused of fatally stabbing a teacher in front of her students at a Long Beach park made his first court appearance on Wednesday.

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Steven Brown, shown in dark clothing behind glass, appears in court Oct. 16, 2013.

Steven Dwayne Brown appeared for arraignment Wednesday afternoon on a capital murder charge in the violent death of Kellye Taylor, a 53-year-old teacher at Huntington Academy.

The arraignment was postponed, but four of Taylor’s sisters appeared, all of them calling Brown a “coward.”

Taylor had been with the students at the private elementary school where she taught on Oct. 11 when Brown allegedly attack her at Orizaba Park, stabbing her in the neck, according to prosecutors.

He faces a special circumstance allegation of lying in wait and using a knife as a weapon, accruing to the DA’s office.

Brown was allegedly in a relationship with Taylor’s daughter, according to the DA’s office said. Long Beach police had said earlier that Taylor was the grandmother to Brown’s children, but that the relationship between Brown and Taylor’s daughter was unknown.

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Kellye Taylor, 53, was stabbed to death, allegedly by Steven Brown. (credit: DMV)

In March, Taylor was given custody of Brown’s three children with Taylor’s daughter by a judge, the Los Angeles Times reported. That came after Brown and Taylor’s daughter were arrested in separated incidents, according to The Times.

Brown then sued Long Beach police, the Los Angeles County Department of Children and Family Services and several social workers, claiming Taylor had told social workers he abused his children, the newspaper reported.

Brown has four prior felony convictions between 1986 and 1998 in L.A. County, including residential burglary, robbery and possession of a controlled substance, according to the criminal complaint, the DA’s office stated.

He was being held without bail and faced life in prison. Prosecutors have not decided whether to seek the death penalty.

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Sisters and supporters of Kellye Taylor hugged outside the courtroom on Wednesday, Oct. 16, 2013.

A candlelight vigil was held Saturday in honor of an elementary school teacher who was stabbed to death in a Long Beach park Friday in front of her young students.

“It’s like a nightmare. It’s like I want to wake up from a bad dream,” said Mary Bryant, whose sister, Kellye Taylor, succumbed to her injuries after being attacked. “But in reality, it is what it is. My sister’s no longer with us.”

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Kellye Taylor, 53, was stabbed to death in a park in Long Beach. (credit: Long Beach Press Telegram)

When officers arrived at the scene Friday, they found Taylor with a stab wound to the upper body at Orizaba Park near Spaulding Street and Orizaba Avenue, a spokeswoman for the Long Beach Police Department said in an email.

She died shortly after being taken to a local hospital in critical condition, police said.

Taylor, 53, taught at Huntington Academy, a private elementary school, located across from the park.

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Steven Brown (credit: Long Beach Police Department)

Steven Brown, 50, was arrested a short time later at a shopping center at Anaheim Street and Redondo Avenue, according to Sgt. Aaron Eaton.

Police said Brown was the father of Taylor’s grandchildren.

The motive of the attack was not immediately known.

A 53-year-old teacher was stabbed to death in a park in Long Beach Friday afternoon in front of her students, police said.

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Kellye Taylor, 53, was stabbed to death in a park in Long Beach. (credit: Long Beach Press Telegram)

When officers arrived, they found an adult female with a stab wound to the upper body at Orizaba Park near Spaulding Street and Orizaba Avenue (map), a spokeswoman for the Long Beach Police Department said in an email.

The woman, identified as Kellye Taylor, died shortly after being taken to a local hospital in critical condition, police said.

Steven Brown, 50, was taken into custody shortly afterward at a shopping center at Anaheim Street and Redondo Avenue, according to Sgt. Aaron Eaton.

Taylor was a teacher at Huntington Academy, a private elementary school, located across from the park.

Police said Taylor and two other teachers were in the park with their students when the attack occurred.

“Several of the other teachers saw what happened and were able to get the students… away from the area,” Eaton said.

Police said Brown was the father of Taylor’s grandchildren.

The suspect did not at any time try to approach the children, attack them or do anything with them,” Eaton said.

No one else was injured.

Anyone with information was asked to contact Homicide Detectives Hugo Cortes and Peter Lackovic. Anonymous tips can be made by calling 800-222-8477 (TIPS), or texting TIPLA plus your tip to CRIMES (274637), or visiting www.lacrimestoppers.org.

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