According to police, a man who entered a Chicago Nordstrom and fatally shot his former girlfriend then himself, had physically attacked a man he saw with his ex-girlfriend six days earlier. The attack was so brutal that it fractured the bone around the man’s right eye.
On Tuesday, the detectives were getting set to put together an array of photos in hope that the victim could identify Marcus Dee as his assailant.
On November 22, Dee saw Ezaldein at a party with a man and sometime around 4 a.m. Dee ran up and punched the man in the eye. Police believe that Dee thought the man was Ezaldein’s new girlfriend.
According to police, the male victim called 311 to report that he had been attacked, reports The New York Daily Mail.
At first the police listed the assault as a simple case of battery, but once a detective was assigned to the case he changed it to ‘aggravated battery,’ which is a felony.
However, the report mistakenly identified the offender as 28-year-old Marcus Lee. After Ezaldein was spoken to about the incident the offender was then listed as Marcus Dee.
During a press conference held on Monday, Chicago police Superintendent Garry McCarthy mentioned the earlier incident and denied the media reports that Ezaldein was afraid to go the police because Dee’s parents are both Chicago police officers.
Ezaldein’s family has come forward to say that Dee physically abused Ezaldein throughout their 16-month relationship. A family member said that Ezaldein broke up with Dee last December after he put a gun in her mouth. The family also stated that Dee harassed the family as well as Ezaldein. Relatives say Dee made threatening phone calls to Ezaldein’s father and her siblings.
Dee and Ezaldein’s sister sought protection orders back in April, but they were rebuffed. Ezaldein’s sister Nagah alleged that Dee had cracked her sister’s ribs and fractured her jaw back in March.
The investigation is now focused on figuring out how Dee obtained the gun. Officials say there is no indication that the gun belonged to a police officer.
Dee did have a valid Firearm Owner’s Identification Card at one time. Law enforcement is also looking into whether this murder-suicide could have been prevented.