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Updated: 4/30/2013 8:28 am
LAS VEGAS (KSNV MyNews3) -- Metro is looking for the man believed to have killed 44-year-old Shanna Ralston.

Ralston, a stage hand for conventions, early Sunday morning stumbled down the 6300 block of Greyhawk Avenue where she lived, and her dog alerted neighbors.

They say she was drenched in blood from being severely stabbed. Some tried to help her but she died at the hospital.

Nina Sky, her dog, was with her just before she died. The dog is traumatized and was covered in her owner’s blood after Ralston was stabbed. Shanna loved Nina Sky.

“It was her life. She doesn’t have any children, that was her child. Wherever she went, so did the dog,” said longtime family friend Mary Estrellado.

In fact, Nina Sky startled neighbors to try to help Ralston as the woman struggled her way down Greyhawk Avenue. Police says she was stabbed by 27-year-old Nathan Benson. Family friends say there was friction between the two because the young roommate who Ralston had known for many years had recently been kicked out of Ralston’s home.

“He stole from her. Shanna had has cosmetic surgery, so Nathan began to steal the pain pills. He left a mess around the house. Shanna claimed things were missing. She wanted him out,” said close family friend Betty Pami.

Pami says Benson got out of prison less than a year ago, and the tension in the home where Ralston also lived with his mother concerned Ralston enough where she was considering a restraining order.

Ralston is actually a black belt in Judo and Benson was her student. This deadly attack is very puzzling to those who knew her.
“She was one tough girl. She would have defended herself, and now she’s gone,” Pami said.

Meanwhile, Ralston’s mother, Linda Hansell treasures an old photo, wanting justice, and grieving.

“Las Vegas lights are a little less bright for me, a little less bright,” Hansell said.

“Nathan, just give yourself up. As a Christian I forgive you, “ Pami said while crying.

"Shanna, I love you, I always will,” Pami added.

If you have any information to help find Benson you are urged to call Crime Stoppers at (702) 385-5555.

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