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2 charged with murder in death of U of M student AnaRae Schunk

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Murder charges were filed Friday against two people in the death of a University of Minnesota student whose body was found in a ditch near Lonsdale, Minn. last fall. Shavelle Oscar Chavez-Nelson and Ashley Conrade are each charged with second-degree murder for allegedly aiding each other in the murder of 20-year-old AnaRae Schunk.

Chavez-Nelson and Conrade have already been charged in connection with one murder – the shooting death of Normandale Community College student Palagor Jobi outside of Nina’s Grill in Burnsville, Minn. last September. The investigation determined that both Schunk and Conrade were with Chavez-Nelson at the time of this shooting.

Schunk was last seen on surveillance video from Sept. 22, 2013, leaving Nina's Grill with Chavez-Nelson and Conrade early that morning. Her last known whereabouts were Conrade's apartment in Rosemount, Minn. -- the scene of her murder, according to the charges. Schunk's body was found a week later, Sept. 30, in Lonsdale.

Discovery of AnaRae's body

A Dakota County public works crew had been in the process of mowing ditches when Schunk's body was found in an 80-acre cornfield. According to the charges, Schunk's body had 22 stab wounds and it appeared the corn stalks and grass around her body had been set on fire. The farmer who owns the land speculated that if the ditches had not been mowed, he wouldn't have found her body until the end of October.

The money

According to the charges, AnaRae Schunk had arranged a meeting with Chavez-Nelson to discuss repayment of $5,000 she had loaned him, and to discuss how they could make more money together.

The evidence

After arresting Chavez-Nelson, officers searched his car and found the trunk was lined with large black plastic bags, which had traces of blood matching AnaRae Schunk. Police also recovered storage bins and plastic bags with blood and bleach-stained clothing that belonged to Schunk. An 8-inch knife that Chavez-Nelson allegedly tossed onto the roof of an apartment building was also recovered.

"This was one of the most extensive investigations ever to occur in Dakota County’s history, which has led today to the filing of murder charges in connection with this violent crime," Dakota County Attorney James Backstrom said in a statement. "Anarae Schunk was a lovely, intelligent and kindhearted young woman who will always be remembered and deeply missed by many. Our deepest sympathy is extended to Anarae’s family and friends.”

Chavez-Nelson made his first court appearance Friday. No bail was set, as he is currently in prison until Sept. 16, 2019 on an unrelated conviction. Conrade also made her first court appearance Friday, with bail set at $2 million.

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