Search is on for Anarae Schunk, U of M student last seen with Burnsville murder suspect [PHOTOS]

Shavelle Chavez-Nelson and Anarae Schunk
Shavelle Chavez-Nelson and Anarae Schunk

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

Around bar close Sunday morning, Savage resident Palagor Jobi, 23, was fatally shot in the head in the parking lot outside Nina's Grill in Burnsville. Yesterday, 31-year-old Shavelle Chavez-Nelson was pulled over and arrested in Rosemount in connection with the homicide, which authorities described as an argument that escalated into violence.

But the story doesn't end there. Chavez-Nelson's ex-girlfriend, 20-year-old University of Minnesota student Anarae Schunk, was seen arriving at Nina's with Chavez-Nelson Saturday night. A surveillance camera filmed her leaving the bar hours before the shooting, and she hasn't been seen or heard from since.

It's unclear whether she left with Chavez-Nelson in his 1983 Buick LeSabre. (That car, with the license plate number 662-EWR, remains unaccounted for -- authorities ask you to call 952-895-4594 if you have any information. He was arrested driving a different vehicle.)

Schunk didn't show up to work at the Richfield Don Pablo's on Sunday and her family reported her missing that same day. From KSTP's Kate Renner:

The Pioneer Press details the history of Schunk's relationship with Chavez-Nelson:

Schunk's older brother, Owen Schunk, said his sister met Chavez-Nelson in the summer of 2012 at a bus stop, when she was commuting to college. Schunk, a third-year sociology student, was born and raised in Burnsville.

Chavez-Nelson told her he was working in hedge fund management -- but then asked for a $5,000 loan.

They broke up six months later, on Thanksgiving, after Schunk learned that Chavez-Nelson had been detained by Eagan police. She also learned he was living with a woman who was the mother of his child, Owen Schunk said.

Then, a month or two ago, Chavez-Nelson contacted Schunk again, wanting to meet.

That meeting apparently happened sometime after Schunk was dropped off Saturday afternoon at a Caribou Coffee right across the street from Nina's. But what happened from there remains a mystery. From Fox 9:

Loved ones say her father dropped her off at the coffee shop, where she spent several hours studying and playing chess with friends; however, she did not make it to a party later that night.

The last time loved ones heard from Schunk was at 9:14 p.m. on Saturday, when she sent a text message to her mother and a friend in Wisconsin that simply said, "I love you." Since then, her phone has gone straight to voicemail and her social media accounts have been inactive.

Schunk is described as standing 5-feet-9-inches tall and weighing about 165 pounds. She has green eyes, brown-blonde hair and was last seen wearing a white, zip-up jacket with a University of Minnesota logo on the chest. She is a junior at the U of M, and family members say she is passionate about tutoring.

Chavez-Nelson has a lengthy rap sheet. From KSTP:

Chavez-Nelson, who goes by several aliases, has a lengthy criminal history, according to state records. His convictions date back to at least 1999 and include fifth-degree controlled substance sale, theft, fleeing police in a motor vehicle and first-degree aggravated robbery.

Schunk's older brother told the PiPress his sister didn't tell her family about her recent communications with Chavez-Nelson, in part because she understood her ex-boyfriend wasn't popular.

"She knew me and my family's take on him," Owen said. "It was not positive... She kept a lot of that private, didn't want us to talk her out of something."

Owen also said his sister had her suspicions about Chavez-Nelson.

Anarae had recently moved into an on-campus apartment, and she "made it very clear to her roommate that she didn't want [Chavez-Nelson] to know where she lived," Owen told the PiPress, adding that on Saturday she told a friend about the meeting with her ex "so that somebody knew where she was."

-- Follow Aaron Rupar on Twitter at @atrupar. Got a tip? Drop him a line at [email protected]

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