MAGNA, UTAH – September 2, 2015 (Gephardt Daily) – Unified Police Department Violent Crimes Unit has released the cause of death for homicide victim Shelli Marie Brown, and confirmed that the two Magna homicide cases just two days apart are related.
A statement from UPD states: “Investigators have been working non-stop in an effort to solve the murders of Stevan Chambers and Shelli Brown. The homicides occurred two days apart and within blocks of each other. Both victims were associated with the same people and hung out in the same social circle. Stevan Chambers’ cause of death was gunfire, which UPD confirmed to the media immediately.
“Investigators have now confirmed that Shelli Marie Brown was also killed by gunfire. The exact number of times she was shot and location(s) of her wounds are not being released at this time, pending autopsy results and further investigative efforts. The UPD Violent Crimes Unit is also now confirming that they are investigating both cases as though they are connected, based on the information stated above.”
On Wednesday, August 19, police in Magna were called to Copper Park, 9075 West 2900 South, around 10:20 a.m where a woman who was walking her dog had reported seeing a woman lying on the ground. Police later confirmed Brown was found in the park’s baseball stadium.
When officers arrived they found Brown, 26, of Magna deceased so officers immediately closed down the park for an investigation.
On Monday, August 17, Chambers, 26, a graduate of Kearns High School, was found in the middle of the street at 8941 West 2600 South, Magna, just after 3 a.m.
When police arrived there, they found Chambers, a longtime Magna resident, had been killed by a single gunshot wound.
Unified Police Department continues to reallocate resources from other specialized units of the department to help increase police presence on the streets of Magna. UPD said it the statement: “UPD wants to reassure the citizens of Magna that we are doing everything we can to further this investigation and bring those responsible to justice. UPD would also still like to hear from anyone who may have seen or heard anything suspicious on or before August 19, 2015 in the area of the Magna Copper Community Park that may be related to Ms. Brown’s death.”
Please contact the Unified Police Department at 801-743-7000 if you have any information.