(NNPA)—The brother of popular reality television personality Omarosa Manigault-Stallworth was recently murdered in Youngstown, Ohio. Police are saying the crime was the result of a lover’s quarrel.
According to Youngstown’s Vindy.com, “The Apprentice” star’s brother Jack Manigault, 40, was fatally shot Oct. 9 in his home.
Police said Manigault was at home with his girlfriend, Tamicka Riley, when Marco Cardenas, the woman’s ex-boyfriend, broke in. He then walked past two juveniles and entered the couple’s bedroom. Shortly thereafter, several shots were fired and Manigault ran into another room where he later collapsed. Police said he was shot in the head.
Riley told police that Cardenas pistol whipped her and tried to shoot Manigault again before the two juveniles forced him from the house.
Cardenas was arrested shortly after the shooting by Youngstown police. According to Youngstown’s ABC News affiliate WYTV, he was arraigned Oct. 11 in the city’s municipal court on charges of murder, felonious assault and aggravated burglary. He pleaded not guilty and is scheduled to appear in court soon.
Ohio’s Mahoning County court records reveal that Cardenas has an extensive criminal history. Since 2010, he has been under a two-year probation sentence for felony breaking and entering. In 2008, he was also hit with a misdemeanor charge of disorderly conduct.
Manigault also had a criminal record. He was sentenced to two and a half years in prison in 1999 for aggravated assault and was convicted of obstructing official business in 2003. He also had previous arrests for possession of drugs and illegal weapons.
Following his death, Manigault’s family expressed their bereavement and explained that at the time of his death, he was in the process of turning his life around.
“My brother was special to us. We loved him unconditionally,” Omarosa said in a statement, according to Vindy.com. “And we were so proud of him when he turned his life around and gave his life to God two years ago. Right now it is an extremely difficult time and we ask that you allow family privacy to grieve and make all necessary arrangements.”
(Special to the NNPA from the AFRO-American newspapers.)