An investigation is underway after a reality TV star from Meriden was found dead at her home in California.
The family of 47-year-old Loredana Nesci is remembering her fiery personality, compassion and drive to succeed.
Loredana Nesci was known as the “legal diva” from her reality TV show on the Sundance Channel.
Before moving out west, she was the oldest of three children growing up in Meriden.
Now her family is trying to come to grips with the fact that she’s gone.
"I couldn't believe it,” said Lt. Sal Nesci, Meriden police and brother of the victim. “In fact, I still can't believe it. It's very, very difficult to just wrap your mind around."
Sal Nesci said he was just leaving the police department’s headquarters on Wednesday when he received the call that investigators from Redondo Beach, CA needed to speak with him.
"You know that feeling you get in your stomach when you know something just isn't right? That's the feeling I got,” he told Eyewitness News.
His big sister, Loredana Nesci, had been found dead in her home.
Officers were called there by her longtime boyfriend, 51-year-old Robert Reagan, who told them that there was some kind of altercation.
Reagan was arrested. He's being held on a $1 million bond.
It's unclear how Loredana Nesci died.
Now the family is trying to figure out how to speak to the couple’s 5-year-old son.
"We want him to have fond memories of his mother, and of his father, and to preserve whatever memories he has left,” Sal Nesci said.
The family said the show, Loredana, Esq., will help that. They said the Sundance Channel program captured her personality perfectly and they’re glad to have it to remember her.
"She was a role model for being a strong independent woman, and a great mother,” said Catherine Nesci, niece of the victim. “She was very passionate about taking care of her son."
Loredana Nesci was scheduled to come home and visit Meriden next month.
Her family said they are so thankful for the hundreds of condolence messages that have already arrived.
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