2 Charged in Murder of Anarae Schunk Appear in Court

Updated: 07/11/2014 2:48 PM
Created: 07/11/2014 7:25 AM
By: Jennie Olson

A man and woman were in court Friday in connection to the death of a Burnsville woman who went missing after a bar shooting and was then found in a field south of the metro in October.

Shavelle Oscar Chavez-Nelson and Ashley Conrade have been charged with second-degree intentional murder for allegedly aiding each other in the murder of Anarae Schunk, according to the criminal complaints.

Both were in court Friday for an initial hearing. Another hearing is scheduled for July 30.

Schunk disappeared following the shooting death of 23-year-old Palagor Obang Jobi on Sept. 22, 2013, at Nina's Grill in Burnsville, according to police.

Chavez-Nelson (also known as Anthony Lee Nelson) was charged in the shooting death of Jobi; Chavez-Nelson and Jobi reportedly got into a fight before the shooting.

Investigators say Conrade, Schunk and Chavez-Nelson returned to Conrade's Rosemount townhome that evening. The complaints say Schunk was stabbed to death at that townhome.

"The medical examiner has told us that Anarae could not have lived more than 20 seconds after these deadly blows were struck," said Dakota County Attorney James Backstrom.

Schunk reconnected with Chavez-Nelson, her ex-boyfriend, in hopes of recovering a $5,000 loan he never repaid.

Schunk’s body was found in early October dumped in a field near Lonsdale in rural Rice County.

"I can tell you that she was a lovely, intelligent, and kind-hearted young woman. She may unfortunately have been a little too kind hearted," Backstrom said.

Chavez-Nelson is currently in prison for an unrelated conviction. Conrade's bail was set at $2 million without conditions.

Anarae Schunk of Burnsville went missing and her body was found in rural Rice County.

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