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It sounds like the phone is still working but the LCD part is broken.
I replaced my girlfriend's Nexus 5 screen this past last night - took 40 minutes. All you need is to be patient and not force things. I needed to remove 10 screws and the remaining components were held down with adhesive/rubber pieces. I worked the components that were held down with adhesive back and forth gradually until I could slowly pull/peel them out. I also used a hairdryer to soften up a couple of stubborn ones.
I used this website as a guide so I could see what needed to be done before tearing mine apart :
I ordered this one for $55 (it seems like they increased the price to $140 now) :
Which was just the glass, digitizer, and LCD.
For some reason they shipped me something like this :
Which was the glass, digitizer, LCD, and housing. It also included a bunch of tools (picks, soft pry tools, various screwdrivers, and a suction cup). I didn't really use them that much because they were kind of cheaply made (the plastic for the pry tools deformed easily).
Tools that I did use :
> The screen assembly with frame
Would something like this work well?