A Las Vegas woman who was beaten to death by an intruder was a caring mother who spent the majority of her life giving to others, her daughters said Friday.
“My mother, she was a kind soul,” said Gwendolyn Alexander’s younger daughter, 31-year-old Dana Jackson of Las Vegas. “She was an angel. She made plenty of sacrifices for us.”
Alexander’s older daughter, Iris Alexander of Houston, described her mother as “a kind, kindred spirit.”
“My mom always said, ‘If you have the ability to help someone, help them,’” the 34-year-old woman said.
Las Vegas police said Gwendolyn Alexander, 63, was killed Feb. 24 at her residence at the Terrasanta Condominiums, 5650 E. Sahara Ave., while on a 30-minute work break. A man she did not know, and who lived in an apartment below hers, has been charged with murder in what police described as an unprovoked attack by a stranger.
The woman’s daughters said the crime is beyond comprehension.
“To have that much hate in your heart to kill someone?” Iris Alexander said. “That’s mind-boggling to us. You killed a woman who was like a Mother Teresa to so many people, and she never bothered you. It is just sad to us, and there is no motive.”
Gwendolyn Alexander’s daughters said their mother’s giving nature was evident when she was a child growing up in Chicago in the 1960s. She helped her father, a single parent, raise four of her seven siblings in the family home when she was just a girl.
“My mother stepped up to the plate and became that motherly figure to her siblings,” Iris Alexander said.
Then, when Gwendolyn Alexander became a single parent herself, she worked long hours to provide for her kids.
She obtained an associate’s degree, then worked for Illinois Bell Telephone Co.,