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

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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 arupar@citypages.com.

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28 comments
kurt124
kurt124 topcommenter

One look at this loser should tell anyone with sense to stay on the other side of the street.  Simple.  It's just horrible.   She used horrible judgement. 

nondimenticar2
nondimenticar2

Making a $5,000 loan to someone and she was probably 19 at the time. Don't see that often.

Ricky Andres
Ricky Andres

Caught up alright and very unfortunate. I would tell her the same thing I would tell my future children... Make better choices. I don't understand how you don't see that holding yourself responsible for your own actions is significant. This could have been avoided and he most likely, would still have ended up in jail due to his past and current behavior. I hope she is safe, period.

Mare Anderson
Mare Anderson

Are you kidding me? The same thing that makes them is what makes you think this train of thought is rational. Ugh!

Mare Anderson
Mare Anderson

Exactly Ricky, people can get caught up and redeem themselves!

Rick Miller
Rick Miller

She arrived with him at the bar, so yeah, she has some responsibility. If you are no longer seeing someone-Stop Seeing Them. Actions have consequences

Rick Miller
Rick Miller

So sad when these women pick dirtball loser scumbags as boyfriends/husbands. What in hell makes guys like that so attractive to you women?

Emily Graham Wall
Emily Graham Wall

I saw a very late model blackbuck in hopkins today. But the license plate started with 727...African American man...car was really banged up looking with possible rear passenger window out. 415 street in front of post office

TweetsAreYours
TweetsAreYours

forget about blame, it simply saddens me to know that as smart as she allegedly is, she made some poor choices in who to befriend/date, and even with the red flags, she apparently chose to continue making poor choices. i hope there's a happy ending for her family, but damn, this story i is painful to read.

Stuttering John
Stuttering John

Shavelle is a girls name. On the other hand he does look like a hedge fund guy too lol

Ricky Andres
Ricky Andres

Take it easy now... No one is blaming the victim. However, one is a 3rd year college student and the other is a common criminal. She entertained the idea of dating this guy, did date him and gave him a $5000 loan. Then came to her senses after the fact. Those were bad choices obviously and better ones could have been made prior to her disappearance or we wouldn't be reading this. Who do you think is the smarter individual capable of making smarter decisions in this case? It has nothing to do with trying to rehabilitate criminals. The best thing to do is simply, stay away from them. Those are my thoughts... I hope she is safe.

Allison Cunningham
Allison Cunningham

Excuse me?! How is this woman responsible for anything?! If you had bothered to read the article she is described as a responsible college student who dated this monster for a couple months then broke up with him after she discovered some red flags. Even if she did make poor choices, that in no way makes her culpable for what is presumed to have happened to her, you misogynistic pig.

Ran Dazzle
Ran Dazzle

take some responsibility and quit blaming everyone else

Laurel Richmond
Laurel Richmond

How about murderers stop murdering and rapists stop raping, rather than you blaming the victim? Just a thought.

Jeannette Kjos
Jeannette Kjos

It's also a restaurant & the article states she left hours before close. Most bar/grills don't go 21+ until around 10. Why should they get shut down?

Ran Dazzle
Ran Dazzle

she was only 20 and in a bar..are they going to close Ninas?

Stuart Allen
Stuart Allen

coming from a guy who is wearing a hoody in his profile picture that guy looks creepy.

digitalprotocol
digitalprotocol topcommenter

@Emily Graham Wall ok, thanks for the intel

Savazon
Savazon

@Jenny Hauschildt I agree unfortunately. I am assuming she will be recovered once the vehicle is.

KlooKloo
KlooKloo

@keny1 Just like Kira Sorvino, Mindy Matula, Danielle Jelinek, Anna Hurd, and Margorie Ann Holland, right? Oh wait, more like the perils of simply being a woman on this planet.

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