A reality television lawyer who called herself the “legal diva” was found slain in her California home, her family said.

Members of Loredana Nesci’s family remember her as a strong, independent woman who was “very passionate about taking care of her son,” Nesci’s niece Catherine Nesci told CNN affiliate WFSB-TV.

The cop-turned-lawyer’s spunky personality landed her a show, “Loredana, Esq.,” which premiered last year on the SundanceTV channel. The nonfiction show included scenes of Nesci as a mother and an attorney defending clients in Southern California.

The Redondo Beach, California, Police Department said it received an emergency call Wednesday morning from a distraught male. Responding to the call, officers found a deceased female inside the home.

The lawyer’s brother, Lt. Salvatore Nesci, a Meriden, Connecticut, police officer, said he was leaving headquarters Wednesday when he got a call from Redondo Beach investigators, according to WFSB.

“You know that feeling you get in your stomach when you know something just isn’t right? That’s the feeling I got,” Lt. Salvatore Nesci told the station.

Redondo Beach police said they suspect foul play and are investigating the death as a homicide.

Robert Reagan, Loredana Nesci’s longtime boyfriend and father of her son Rocco, has been arrested in connection with the homicide, police said.