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Gun connects Fayetteville woman's death to NJ murder-suicide

Posted April 18, 2012 10:04 a.m. EDT
Updated April 18, 2012 4:59 p.m. EDT

— A gun used in a New Jersey murder-suicide was also used to kill a Fayetteville woman last week, Cumberland County sheriff's officials announced Wednesday.

Shawna D. Givens, 38, of the 1600 block of Holloman Drive, was found shot to death in her home April 11 around 12:30 p.m. Authorities said she 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 at Fort Bragg.

New Jersey authorities were simultaneously investigating the April 11 death of Dr. Payman Houshmandpour, 32, in Voorhees, N.J. Investigators said former colleague Dr. Giocondo Navek, 39, ambushed Houshmandpour  as he was leaving his apartment and shot him.

When police caught up to Navek less than a mile away, he pulled his vehicle over and killed himself, they said.

Detectives said Navek, who worked as a physician at Womack Army Medical Center, was Givens' boyfriend and that the couple had spent the Easter holiday together and visited family.

A motive for the shootings has not been released.