Omarosa speaks on slaying of brother

By John W. Goodwin Jr.


One man murdered in what police are describing as a deadly lovers’ quarrel is related to a nationally known woman of reality television.

Omarosa Manigault is sister to Jack Manigault, 40. He was shot dead on the South Side on Sunday.

Omarosa starred on reality shows such as “The Apprentice,” and issued a statement regarding the weekend murder of her brother.

The statement, issued Monday by Omarosa Manigault’s Washington publicist, contained only a few sentences.

“We thank everyone for their amazing outpouring of support surrounding the tragic death of my brother Jack ... Right now it is an extremely difficult time and we ask that you allow family privacy to grieve and make all necessary arrangements,” the release stated.

Jack Manigault was killed about 1:53 a.m. Sunday at his East Avondale Avenue home.

According to police, Manigault was home with his 34-year-old girlfriend when the woman’s former boyfriend, 22-year-old Marco Cardenas, forced his way into the house past two juveniles and entered a bedroom where Manigault and the woman were sleeping. Several shots were fired, and Manigault ran from the room and collapsed with a gunshot wound to the head.

The woman told police Cardenas told her he knew she was with Manigault, then hit her in the head with the gun before trying to shoot Manigault again. Cardenas was forced out of the door by two juveniles in the house.

Cardenas was arrested a short time later by Youngstown police. While still armed, he declared he would not go to jail but was arrested without further incident.

According to Mahoning County court records, Cardenas is not even halfway through a two-year probation handed down by Judge Maureen Sweeney of Youngstown Municipal Court in December 2010 for felony breaking and entering. His current arrest in Manigault’s murder could mean an automatic one-year prison term on the previous charge.

He also was previously convicted in Youngstown Municipal Court of misdemeanor disorderly conduct in 2008.

Cardenas will be arraigned in Youngstown Municipal Court today.

Manigault also had previous brushes with the law, having been sentenced to two and a half years in prison in 1999 for aggravated assault. He also was convicted of obstructing official business in 2003 and had been arrested for possession of drugs, carrying a concealed weapon and illegal possession of a weapon.

Members of Manigault’s family say he had turned away from all criminal activity — something expressed in the press release from his famous sister.

“My brother was so special to us! We loved him unconditionally and we were so proud of him when he turned his life around and gave his life to God two years ago,” the release said.

Police also are investigating the weekend shooting death of Tequon J. Sharpe, 20, who was shot in the head in his apartment at 59 E. Judson St. The motive for that killing is not known, and no arrests had been made as of Monday.

Family members found Sharpe dead in the apartment with his 10-month-old daughter crawling near the body.

Sharpe was scheduled to appear in Mahoning County Common Pleas Court on a felony charge of illegal possession of a weapon. He also has faced charges of possession of drugs and improper handling of a firearm in a motor vehicle.

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