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Sister in town for anniversary of Las Vegas dancer's death

Sister in town for anniversary of Las Vegas dancer's death

By Katie Crowther. CREATED Dec 11, 2011

Las Vegas, NV (KTNV) -- It's been one year since professional dancer, Debbie Flores Narvaez was brutally killed, allegedly at the hands of an ex-boyfriend. Her family has returned to the valley with a message for all of us.

"There's not a single day that goes by that I don't think of her," Debbie's sister, Celeste says. "It's really hard."

Just one year ago, Celeste was in Las Vegas frantically searching for her sister, Debbie.

"I remember driving through these streets, putting up posters, talking to anyone I could," she says. "I remember every little detail. I couldn't eat or sleep."
 
Debbie, a dancer in Luxor's "Fantasy" show, vanished on December 12, 2010. The 31-year-old was last seen at her ex-boyfriend, Jason Griffith's, house. Her car was found abandoned, in an empty lot.

"When you don't know, it's even more painful," Celeste says. "It was excruciating."

One month later, investigators made a gruesome discovery. They found Debbie's body at an abandoned home downtown. Police say she was strangled, then dismembered. Her body was dumped into cement-filled tubs, which were hidden in a closet.

Griffith confessed to Debbie's murder. He told police they had gotten in a fight and it was "a heat of the moment" thing.

"I just pray that one day I can forgive," Debbie says.

Friends say that Debbie and Griffith had a volatile relationship.

An arrest report from October of 2010 alleges that Griffith elbowed Debbie in the face, pushed her down, and proceeded to kick her and pull her hair. It also says she was pregnant with his child at the time.  Griffith was charged with battery and coercion.

Celeste had no idea about the abuse. "It really hurt to find out that my sister was going through that. I wish I would have known. I wish she would have opened up to me."

Though Celeste can't change the past or bring her sister back, she can live to honor Debbie's memory. As a way of doing that, Celeste is trying to prevent other women from going through the same thing.

Celeste is scheduled to tour the Shade Tree domestic violence center in North Las Vegas Monday. The cast and crew of  "Fantasy" will donate a portion of ticket sales from Monday night's show to the shelter in her memory.

Griffith's attorney has asked for his murder trial to be delayed. A hearing to set a new trial date is scheduled for December 19. Griffith is being held without bail at the Clark County Detention Center. He was a performer in "Love" at the Mirage.