'Legal Diva' Reality Star Was in Rocky Relationship with Boyfriend of 7 Years Who Is Charged with Murdering Her
07/25/2015 AT 10:20 AM EDT
"She was brilliant, beautiful, loving, kind, selfless and so positive, even when things weren't ideal she would stay positive," her friend April Moore tells PEOPLE. "When I talked to her Friday, even though her relationship was not going as planned, she was positive. I told her that was one of the things I admired the most about her."
"The time had come for Robert to move out, she was ready to move forward with her life," Moore says.
Friend Laura Riffel says the couple, who had been dating for more than seven years, bickered but nothing that would lead her to believe there would be violence. "They were like the Bickersons," Riffel tells PEOPLE. " It was never vicious or insulting. I would have never said I totally saw this coming. I just can't even tell you, it makes zero sense to me."
Police discovered Nesci's body after receiving a 911 call from 51-year-old Robert Brian Reagan around 7:20a.m. July 22. After officers questioned him for two hours, he was arrested, according to Redondo Beach Police Sgt. Fabian Saucedo.
On Friday he was charged by the Los Angeles District Attorney with murder with a knife. Prosecutors say Nesci was killed during a domestic dispute. Reagan is currently being held on $1 million bail.
"He provided a statement," Saucedo tells PEOPLE. "If you are asking me if he came out and said he killed her, he didn't say that. He did provide a statement and based on the statement and what the detectives observed inside the residence they decided to arrest him."
Nesci, 47, was fatally stabbed and discovered in her bedroom, according to the Los Angeles County Coroner's Office. Saucedo says Reagan didn't appear to have any injuries. "If it was significant he would have gone to the hospital," he says.
It is unclear if the couple's six-year-old son Rocco was present at the time of Nesci's death. "Reagan gave a very conflicting statement," says Saucedo.
A neighbor, who didn’t want to be identified, says the couple bought the home about a year ago and Reagan spent the majority of his time on renovations.
"Everything seemed perfectly fine," the neighbor tells PEOPLE. "We never heard anything. The only noise that came from the house was renovations. He was constantly drilling or cutting something. That was the only noise you would hear in the neighborhood."
Saucedo says the police had been called to the residence twice in 2014 but it had nothing to do with a domestic dispute. Neighbors complained about the dogs barking and the filming of her reality show, he says.
Nesci, a former Los Angeles police officer, was the star of the reality series “Loredana, Esq.” The show, which premiered on the SundanceTV channel in March 2014, documented her life and work as an attorney in Redondo Beach.
Friends say she was a tough attorney who had a huge heart for special causes, including animal rights. "Her patron saint was Wonder Woman," says Riffel. "She wanted to save the world."
"She would help anyone, anytime without questioning it," says Moore.
The main love of her life was her son. "She was an amazing mother and loved Rocco more than anything in the world," Moore says. "Everything she did was for him. They were so close, my heart breaks for him. She would coach him in baseball and loved taking him to games. Rocco went everywhere with her. She was planning on taking him to Italy next month."
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