The fatal shooting of a couple in a northern New Jersey park has been determined to be a murder-suicide.Acting Essex County Prosecutor Carolyn Murray said Friday the regional medical examiner reached the conclusion in the deaths of 24-year-old Shanae Howard and 26-year-old Brandon Brown.

Howard, of Orange, and Brown, of Montclair, were found Thursday night in Canterbury Municipal Park in Montclair.

A weapon was recovered at the scene. On Friday, authorities said the weapon was used in the shooting. Howard sustained multiple gunshot wounds and Brown suffered a single gunshot wound to the head.

Earlier Friday, authorities reported that Howard and Brown had been dating.

 

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