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Cumberland detectives work with NJ police in woman's shooting death

Posted April 12, 2012
Updated April 13, 2012

— Cumberland County sheriff’s detectives are working with New Jersey law enforcement to solve the murder of Shawna D. Givens, 38, of the 1600 block of Holloman Drive in Fayetteville. She was found shot to death in her home on Wednesday around 12:30 p.m.

Police say Givens may have been dead for days before she was found. Deputies went to check on her after she did not show up for work as a medical clerk at Womack Army Medical Center in Fort Bragg.

New Jersey authorities are simultaneously investigating a murder-suicide case in which Dr. Giocondo Navek, 39, shot and killed a former coworker, Dr. Payman Houshmandpour, 32.

They say Navek approached Houshmandpour's car as he was leaving his apartment. Neighbors say they heard gunshots.

When police caught up to Navek not even a mile from the murder scene, in Voorhees, N.J., he pulled his vehicle over and shot himself.

Detectives say that Navek, who worked as a physician at Womack Army Medical Center, was Givens' boyfriend.

Payman Houshmandpour Fayetteville woman's death may be linked to NJ murder-suicide

This past weekend the two spent the Easter holiday together and visited family, they said.

Cumberland County and New Jersey investigators are collaborating to determine whether the gun used to kill Houshmandpour was also used to kill Givens. A motive for the shootings has not been released.


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  • sammyg Apr 13, 2012

    Such a strange event. I hope they can piece it together soon.

  • Ol Forrester Apr 13, 2012

    Two men and one very attractive woman. The men's professions had nothing to do with this sad train of events.

  • zile1porkey Apr 13, 2012

    And they are human beings as well.

  • sunshine1040 Apr 13, 2012

    I sure hope these are not the same Drs that were being paid to treat our wounded soldiers. Snounds like one or more of them had enough problems of their own.These were not high school kids but suppose to be adult that took an oath to save lives .