Half-naked woman, boyfriend found shot to death in Montclair park

May 17, 2013 9:43:08 AM PDT
A half-naked woman and a man, apparently her boyfriend, were found fatally shot in a quiet New Jersey park Thursday night.

The victims, identified as 24-year-old Shanae Howard and 26-year-old Brandon Brown, were discovered lying on the ground in Canterbury Park in Montclair, near a bench, just before 10:30 p.m.

Police say Howard was partially clothed and lying face up. Brown was face down. A gun was found at the scene.

Howard's distraught relatives arrived at the crime scene and described her as a churchgoing woman from East Orange.

No one is certain why they came to the very remote park, which sits on a cul-de-sac in a quaint neighborhood, at such a late hour.

Officials say the shooting appears to be isolated and doesn't pose a threat to the community. However, they have not termed it a murder-suicide. Police say that last year, Brown had claimed to be a victim of a robbery that ended in him being shot. But the investigation apparently revealed that the gunshot wound was self-inflicted.

Police taped off the park and lit up the scene with flood lights as they worked through the overnight hours. The investigation is ongoing.