Man in Custody in Fatal Stabbing of Long Beach Teacher

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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.”


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.


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.

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