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California teacher stabbed to death in front of students in park

Oct. 14, 2013 at 12:25 AM

LONG BEACH, Calif., Oct. 13 (UPI) -- A California man was jailed Sunday, accused of fatally stabbing the grandmother of his children in a park in front of her grade school students, police said.

Long Beach teacher Kellye Taylor, 53, was slain about 1:30 p.m. PDT Friday in Orizaba Park while sitting in a folding chair as her 24 elementary school students played around her, KABC-TV, Los Angeles, reported.

The park is across the street from the Huntington Academy, a small private school owned by her mother where Taylor taught.

Steven Brown, 50, of Long Beach was arrested on suspicion of murder shortly afterward, the Long Beach Press-Telegram reported. He was being held on $1 million bail, KABC-TV said.

Police and witnesses said Taylor was stabbed in the neck.

About 100 friends, family members, former students and police officers attended a vigil for Taylor in the park Saturday, the Press-Telegram said.

"I don't know what I'm doing," Pamela Huffman, Taylor's younger sister and fellow teacher at Huntington Academy, told the newspaper. "I've never [done] this before.

"This is where my sister died."

City police Sgt. Aaron Eaton said the victim had a daughter and Brown was the father of her daughter's children.

Family members said Taylor had custody of the four grandchildren from her daughter's relationship with Brown, KABC-TV said.

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