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Marine gunned down by her ex-boyfriend outside NJ home, officials say

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MORRIS PLAINS  — Friends and family are mourning the death of U.S. Marine veteran Laurel Chasmar at the hands of her ex-boyfriend.

Laurel R. Chasmar, 28, of Morris Plains, was killed Saturday morning by 32-year-old Hassan Shahid, of Jersey City.

Knapp said Chasmar died of “gunshot wounds inflicted upon her” at the Highlands at Morris Plains Apartments early Saturday. Shahid’s death was ruled a suicide by gunshot, according to Morris County Prosecutor Fredric M. Knapp.

According to her Linkedin page, Chasmar worked at Novartis in Morris Plains. She was a graduate of Fairleigh Dickinson and the County College of Morris.

She was also a 2007 graduate of Hackettstown High School.

Knapp didn’t say if both lived at the home where the shooting took place, or what if any relationship the two had to each other. But the Daily Record quoted Mayor Frank Druetzler saying the two used to date and had worked together at Novartis. Druetzler told the paper Chasmar had complained of harassment by Shahid, and said he’d been “lying in wait” for her to come home Saturday.

Druetzler told Morristown Green that Chasmar had not requested a restraining order against Shahid.

According to the New Jersey Coalition to End Domestic Violence, most domestic violence homicide victims also had been stalked in the months before their death. The organization encourages victims not to ignore these threats and to contact the statewide domestic violence hotline at 1-800-572-7233.

Friends, meanwhile, took to Facebook to remember Chasmar.

“You became a dear friend to me and never stopped. There are no words sweet enough to describe you or deep enough to explain the loss we’ve suffered,” Meg Gardibier wrote on her Facebook page.

“Chasmar, you were a smart, funny, sweet woman. All of the Marines who served with you are gonna miss you.” Patrick John McIntyre wrote.

“You where the most amazing soul I came across your kindness your smiles your warm heart always touch everyone. In the short time I’ve known you, you have been an amazing friend to me and everyone I know. You will always be in our hearts,” Joe Solimannia wrote on his Facebook page.

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