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Anarae Schunk left with ex after he allegedly murdered man in parking lot, charges say [UPDATE]

The most recent mugshots of Shavelle Chavez-Nelson (left) and his girlfriend, Ashley Conrade.
The most recent mugshots of Shavelle Chavez-Nelson (left) and his girlfriend, Ashley Conrade.

:::: UPDATE II :::: Anarae Schunk was murdered, but her body hasn't been found, police say

:::: UPDATE, September 28 ::::

Anarae Schunk is dead, her family said this morning.

From a post on the "Please Help Find Anarae Schunk" Facebook page:

Late last night Police confirmed the worst, Anarae is no longer with us. We will leave the page up as a tribute to all the wonderful people who loved and cared for Anarae and all that she stands for. Thank you for your support throughout. Official details to be released by the PD shortly.

Original post -- Today, Shavelle Chavez-Nelson was charged with second-degree murder in connection with the death of 23-year-old Palagor Jobi, who was shot eight times in the parking lot of Nina's Grill in Burnsville early Sunday morning.

THE BACKSTORY: Search is on for Anarae Schunk, U of M student last seen with Burnsville murder suspect

As we told you about yesterday (see link above), Chavez-Nelson is also a "person of interest" in the disappearance of his ex-girlfriend, 20-year-old University of Minnesota student Anarae Schunk. According to investigators, following the murder, Schunk left Nina's parking lot with Chavez-Nelson and his girlfriend, 24-year-old Ashley Conrade.

Authorities say the incident began when Jobi attempted to talk to Conrade at Nina's. Chavez-Nelson told him to leave his girlfriend alone. The Pioneer Press explains how it escalated from there to murder:

An argument broke out, and despite one of Jobi's cousins attempts to defuse it, the argument over Conrade continued. Then Jobi punched Chavez-Nelson, and both went sprawling in the parking lot.

The scene went quiet for a moment, and then witnesses heard gunshots and saw flashes.

Another witness saw Jobi go down. He died in the parking lot, police say. Multiple witnesses identified Chavez-Nelson as the shooter, according to the charges.

Jobi's cousin was able to wrestle the gun away, but Chavez-Nelson picked it up before fleeing the scene. A Star Tribune report picks up the chain of events from there (as explained to investigators by Conrade) and details the last information authorities have about Schunk's whereabouts:

Conrade later told police that she, Nelson and Schunk left in Conrade's car. Nelson drove around the block and parked in a cul-de-sac, where he was able to see the bar's parking lot. When police arrived, he and the women went to Conrade's home in the 14500 block of Shannon Parkway in Rosemount, where Nelson stayed until his arrest. Neither the complaint against Nelson nor the one against Conrade says when Schunk left or what happened to her.

Shunck's cell phone was turned off just after 9 p.m., shortly after she sent a text message to her mother and a friend in Wisconsin that said, "I love you." The murder in Nina's parking lot happened hours later.

In addition to the murder charge facing Chavez-Nelson, Conrade has been charged with a felony count of aiding an offender.

Meanwhile, the search for Schunk continues. In a statement released this afternoon, her brother said, "What we are asking now is for full public disclosure of any and all information that could prove helpful in locating Anarae and an official embrace of public engagement in the recovery efforts... It has now been over 96 hours since Anarae was last seen on camera. We are fighting against the clock and need all hands on deck to bring her home safely."

But Burnsville Sergeant Rory Bochniak told the Strib the last thing police want is for "the public to go out and contaminate crime scenes."

:::: UPDATE ::::

Fox 9's Tim Blotz reports that Chavez-Nelson was released from jail just a week ago:

-- Follow Aaron Rupar on Twitter at @atrupar. Got a tip? Drop him a line at arupar@citypages.com.


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