Callaway charged with murder, manhunt continues

Two memorials planned for victim, "Nani" Negron

April 24, 2013

 A warrant was issued Thursday for the arrest of Eddie Callaway, charged with shooting his girlfriend Shanel “Nani” Negron Monday evening outside their shared home on N. Moreland Boulevard. His bail has been set at $1 million.

 Callaway, 26, was charged on Thursday, April 23 in Waukesha County Circuit Court with first-degree intentional homicide, accused of shooting Negron, 24, at approximately 7:15 p.m. Monday. He fled the scene in Negron’s 2002 Ford Taurus, license plate number 394TVK.

In a statement released Wednesday afternoon, the police said they are "processing/prioritizing" many leads and tips and the investigation was ongoing. The search for Callaway continues.

Negron was an employee in Carroll University’s food service PIT and was the mother of a 3-year-old child. Police said Tuesday the child was being cared for, but would not provide further details. Callaway was not the father of Negron’s child.

According to the criminal complaint, a woman said she was driving northbound on Moreland Boulevard when she saw a black male, believed to be Callaway, shove Negron out of a house and reach for something with his right hand. She heard, “pop, pop,” and saw Negron fall straight backward outside 518 N. Moreland Boulevard.

A neighbor told police he saw Callaway run through his backyard and get into Negron’s car, according to the complaint. He drove off with the passenger side door still open.

“No stone will be left unturned in our search for him,” Waukesha Police Chief Russell Jack said at a news conference Tuesday regarding the search for Callaway.

Sarah Lomeli, a cross guard working at the intersection of Moreland Boulevard and Summit Avenue, told Waukesha NOW Negron had approached her earlier in the evening. She asked Lomeli to call police if she saw a black male approach her residence. Lomeli said that Negron seemed both scared and concerned.

Ashley Gawronski, a neighbor of Negron and Callaway, told Waukesha NOW she heard gun shots outside her home and ran out to see a woman laying lifeless on the pavement.

“I was freaking out because I didn’t know what to do,” she said.


A History of Violence


According to court records, Callaway had several previous run-ins with the law and has anger issues.

In 2006, Callaway was convicted of driving to Indiana to visit relatives along with a 14-year-old girl, leaving in a stolen car that belonged to the girl’s mother. The girl said she wanted to leave Indiana after a fight broke out among Callaway’s family members.

He claimed that the girl was suicidal and, “he just wanted to help his friend out of a bad situation.” He was sentenced to three years probation in April 2007, but that probation was revoked in 2009 after he disappeared again to Indiana to visit his mother. He was arrested and extradited back to Wisconsin and served six months in the minimum-security Huber Jail.

As a convicted felon, Callaway was not allowed to carry the gun with which he allegedly shot Negron.

In 2007, Callaway was convicted of disorderly conduct after dragging his then 18-year-old sister to his girlfriend’s house by her shirt after she passed out drinking at a party. He placed her in a bathtub full of cold water and shaved her eyebrows and chopped off her hair while she was unconscious to “teach her a lesson.” A friend of the sister said he also beat her with a belt, a claim he denied. However, police did observe “deep bruising” on her arms, legs, back and left cheek.

In 2011, Callaway was again convicted of disorderly conduct for punching and kicking a man in Waukesha he claimed was “talking trash” about him. That probationary status was revoked after he was arrested in Indiana for felony disorderly conduct.

According to the revocation summary, Callaway was arrested in Indiana for a felony domestic violence incident. He allegedly held a woman down on his couch and threatened to stab her with a knife. The woman said she faked an asthma attack and he got off her, but he refused to allow her to leave. Furthermore, the report states that Callaway did not receive any treatment while he was on parole in Indiana.

Online Indiana court records show that those charges were eventually dismissed by the state without prejudice in September 2012.

On Sept. 9, 2012, Callaway was sentenced to one year in prison for violating probation in Wisconsin. With credit for 235 days already served, he was released on Jan. 22.

The Indiana woman he abused filed a temporary restraining order against Callaway shortly after his release from prison. Citing his possessiveness and his violent past, the woman said in the complaint: “I fear for my life.”

“Eddie would choke me and push me to the ground if he didn’t like what I was saying,” she wrote. “He would make me strip out of my clothes and make me stand outside. He made me lay on rocks as he held a boulder on top of my head and threaten to kill me.”

Jack said Negron and Callaway were believed to be living together and police are investigating the death as a domestic violence incident.

Domestic abuse is a “huge problem” in our society, Jack said, and he urged women who may be in such a relationship to call police earlier, not later, so that officers could intervene.

Jack reiterated at Tuesday’s news conference that Callaway is believed to be armed and extremely dangerous and anyone who encounters him is encouraged to call 911. Anyone who has information about his location is urged to contact Waukesha Police Dispatch at (262) 524-3831.

Jack said that the department has contacted the U.S. Marshall Service and Callaway is expected to be added to the Most Wanted suspect list.

Remembering “Nani” Negron

Friends and Family of Negron expressed their grief over Negron’s death through social media websites. 

On Twitter, a user who identified himself as “Deejay Flacko” wrote on April 22: “Nani Negron, may you rest in peace. We will all miss you, you always made me laugh & smile every time you visited me.”

Another user, self-identified as Areille Stewart, wrote: “R.I.P. Shanel Negron A.K.A. Nani. 24 years young and gone. Please keep her family, especially her 3-year-old daughter, in your prayers.”

A Facebook group, “R.I.P. Nani Negron,” was created to commemorate Negron shortly after her murder and has 115 members. According to the Waukesha Patch, a Candelight Vigil has been planned for Negron at 8 p.m. Wednesday in Frame Park.

Another Facebook group, “CU Remembers Nani Negron,” plans to hold a candlelight vigil at 8 p.m. on Thursday at Carroll University to commemorate Negron. Participants can also meet from 4:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. at The Walter Young Center tomorrow to share memories of Negron.


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