Mother of stabbing victim speaks out, wants suspect caught

Katie Crowther

Mother of stabbing victim speaks out, wants suspect caught

CREATED Apr. 29, 2013

Las Vegas, NV (KTNV) -- The search continues for a man accused of fatally stabbing 44-year-old Shanna Ralston.

The Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department believes the suspect -- Nathan Benson -- is somewhere in our community, armed and dangerous.

Detectives say Benson has mental problems. The 27-year-old also reportedly has a history of violent behavior and run ins with police.

The family of the victim is pleading for help to find him.

"Please, if there's anyone out there who knows where he is, help us get him off the streets," says Ralston's mother, Linda Hansell. "I need to look him in the eyes and ask him why," she says. "Was brutally killing my daughter worth it to him? Shanna had such a generous heart. She was a beautiful person."

Hansell wants justice for her daughter, who police say was attacked in her own home near Washington Avenue and Torrey Pines.

According to investigators, Benson stabbed Ralston multiple times, then took off.

Hansell says she met Benson once. His mother lived with Ralston. Hansell says he was kicked out of the home last month, after a violent confrontation. She believes early Sunday morning, he came back for revenge.

"I don't know how he even got in the house, because he wasn't allowed there," she says. "Police told me the altercation happened in the backyard, then Shanna walked to the front to try and get help."

It was neighbors who heard Shanna's cries for help, and saw her covered in blood. They desperately tried to save her.

"God bless them," Hansell says. "They were there for her. She didn't die alone. I just wish I could have been there. I would do anything to hold her one more time. To tell her how much I loved her."

If you have any information on Nathan Benson's whereabouts, you're urged to call Crime Stoppers at 385-5555.

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