A man accused of shooting and strangling his former girlfriend before heading to the gym to work out has been seized by police.
Quay-Sean Renard Hines, 30 – charged with second-degree murder – is said to have shot his 33-year-old ex, Amelia Laguerre, in an underground car park.
Amelia – a mum-of-one – had just left the hospital where she worked in New Hyde Park, Long Island, New York State, on Thursday, 31st March.
Police Captain Stephen Fitzpatrick is quoted in local media as saying: “He immediately came up behind her, shot at her ten times, strangled her nine times.”
The authorities added that the suspect then went to an LA Fitness gym.
District Attorney Anne Donnelly said: “According to the preliminary investigation, less than one hour after Hines allegedly shot Ms. Laguerre, he went to the gym.”
She added that the incident was a “selfish act, a calculated act and a cowardly act”.
The pair reportedly broke up in late 2021, which is when Hines allegedly began stalking Laguerre, who was also studying for a degree while working full-time and caring for her child.
Commissioner Patrick J. Ryder, of the Nassau County Police Department, said on Twitter on Saturday: “NCPD Homicide Squad reports the arrest of Quay – Sean Hines, 30, of 1052 Howells Road, Bayshore. On 3/31 he shot and killed his ex-girlfriend, a Northwell employee, at work, he is charged with Murder 2nd. Domestic violence is on the rise, let’s speak up for our victims.”
Hines reportedly pleaded not guilty at his arraignment.
A fundraising campaign has been launched on the platform GoFundMe (www.gofundme.com/f/donate-to-helo-family-of-deceased-mother), with the summary saying: “On behalf of the family of 33 year old Amelia Laguerre. On Friday March 31st 2022 Amelia was gunned down as she was leaving work.
“On top of working full time, she was attending college working towards her bachelor s and a better life for her son. Please help support her family. 100% of donations will go towards her funeral arrangements and her 6 year old sons future.
“Anything helps and thank you!”
It had raised over USD 7,400 out of a USD-5,000 goal at the time of writing.