A double murder investigation is underway after two bodies were found dead in a vehicle owned by former "Real Housewives of New Jersey" star Kim DePaola.
Clarence Williams, 26, and Gerry Thomas, 28, both also of Paterson, face charges of murder, conspiracy to commit felony murder, robbery, arson and possession of a firearm for an unlawful goal, police said Tuesday.
Kim DePaola, a participant in the reality show Real Housewives of New Jersey, finds herself in the midst of a murder case that could be a settling of accounts in the world of drugs.
According to a police statement, at around 2am on Friday, authorities responded to a call about a vehicle on fire. The bodies were burned beyond recogition, NBC reports, and had been shot in the head execution-style.
Detectives from the Paterson Police Department, the Passaic County Prosecutor's Office, and the U.S. Marshals Services arrested both men at about 11 p.m. for their roles in the killing of city residents Aaron Anderson, 27, and Antonio Vega Jr., 25. Upon tests, it was found out that the victims died from gunshots through their heads before they were burned inside Kim D's auto. She appeared in almost two dozen episodes from 2010 to 2013 and owns Posche Boutique in Allendale, New Jersey. I'm broken-hearted, my son's broken-hearted.
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The Transportation Safety Board is now investigating the exact cause of the crash. A security perimeter was set up near the shopping centre yesterday.
TMZ reports the friend was supposed to return the auto to Chris' house after dropping him at the airport, but he instead he was driving it around town. "The past few days have been rough", Thurston Anderson said.
"I do not believe it was mob- or gang-related", she said at her home Monday.
After a thorough investigation, the police reportedly found out that the Audi auto was borrowed by Aaron from Chris last Wednesday after the 27-year-old dropped off Kim D's son at the airport. "Our deepest condolences go out to the victims' families of this horrific tragedy". While the medical examiner has not confirmed the identities, a mother and father ABC7 sister station WABC-TV talked with said they knew their son was gone.
The bodies were so badly burned investigators are forced to rely on dental records to identify the men inside.