It was exactly one year ago this week that detectives in Cumberland County, North Carolina determined that the murder of a local doctor’s girlfriend, was linked to the murder-suicide of two doctors in Voorhees, New Jersey.
According to Cumberland County Sheriff’s Office, the same gun that Doctor Giocondo Navek, age 39, used to kill Doctor Payman Houshmandpour in New Jersey, was also used to kill a woman named Shawna Givens in North Carolina.
Investigators reported that all evidence pointed to Navek as the person who shot and killed the 35-year old woman in her home.
According to investigators, Doctor Houshmandpour was leaving for work on the morning of Wednesday, April 12, 2012, when physician Navek suddenly confronted him in the parking area of his condominium. Witnesses state Navek simply walked up to the car and shot Houshmanpour multiple times.
Then Doctor Navek fled the scene in his own car. A witness immediately called 911 and when police caught Navek not far from the murder scene, Navek shot himself to death while still inside the vehicle.
Investigators were able to track that car to South Philadelphia, where they found Navek’s Mercedes. Evidence inside linked him to Shawna Givens’ body, his former girlfriend in Fayetteville, North Carolina.
Detectives believe Navek’s motive to kill Doctor Houshmandpour’s was revenge. Navek believed that Houshmandpour was responsible for him being fired from Virtua Hospital in Voorhees, where both were employed.
Police say Navek met Shawna Givens when they both worked at the same Army hospital at Fort Bragg, in North Carolina. They’d driven up to Philadelphia for Easter weekend to visit family.
Investigators remain unclear as to why Navek murdered Givens, who was the mother of three children.
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