Nigerian Professor Marinus Iwuchukwu Stabbed To Death By American Wife

A Nigerian professor of theology based in the United States, Marinus Iwuchukwu, has been stabbed to death by his American wife in an apparent murder-suicide.

The incident happened along Thorncrest Drive in Wilkins Township, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, on Tuesday, January 17th 2023, just before 10 a.m.

Iwuchukwu, 59, and the woman, Charte Dunn, 50, were identified by the Allegheny County Medical Examiner’s Office on Tuesday night.

It appears after murdering Iwuchukwu, Dunn shot herself to death.

Allegheny County Police said in a press release that the county received a 911 call from a third party at 9:53 a.m. asking for a welfare check on the couple who were engaged in a violent domestic situation inside the home on Thorncrest Drive in Wilkins Township.

“On January 17, 2023, at 9:53 a.m., County 9-1-1 received a call from a third party requesting that police check on the well-being of a couple who were engaged in a violent domestic inside their home on Thorncrest Drive in Wilkins Township. The third party learned that the male had been stabbed,” the release said.

“The female remained inside the residence with a firearm. Wilkins Police along with neighboring departments responded to the scene and hailed the residence… The team made entry into the home and found a 59-year-old adult male and a 50-year-old adult female deceased.

Both the male and female appeared to have sustained lacerations, and the female sustained an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound. Homicide detectives responded to the scene and initiated an investigation,” it added.

Who Is Marinus Iwuchukwu? Nigerian Professor Stabbed To Death

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Marinus Iwachukwu

Professor Marinus Iwuchukwu was an associate professor of theology and chair of the Theology Department at Duquesne University

He joined the faculty in 2008 and specialised in interreligious dialogue, inclusive religious pluralism, and media and religion.

The Nigerian professor who was unfortunately stabbed to death by his American wife also taught undergraduate courses in world religions and culture; Judaism, Christianity, and Islam; and dialogue among religions.

At the graduate level, his seminar classes focused on religious pluralism, freedom of religion, and interreligious dialogue.

He was also the serving chair of the theology department and the Consortium for Christian-Muslim Dialogue.

This is a tragedy for all involved and our thoughts and prayers are with Professor Iwuchukwu’s colleagues, students, friends and loved ones,” University spokesman Gabriel Welsch said.

Marinus Iwuchukwu Wife

Charte Dunn, 50, of Pittsburgh, Pa., was the wife of murdered Nigerian professor Marinus Iwuchukwu.

Marinus Iwachukwu wife Charte Dunn
Charte Dunn

Dunn reportedly stabbed her Nigerian husband to death following an incident at Iwuchukwu’s home in Wilkins Township, Pennsylvania on Tuesday, January 17th 2023.

She is believed to have committed suicide following his murder by shooting herself.

Marinus Iwuchukwu and Charte Dunn got married in 2017, according to marital records reviewed by the Duquesne Duke. Dr. Iwuchukwu had filed for divorce in 2020 but the split had yet to be finalized.

Dunn’s son, Frank Williams, set up a GoFundMe after her death to raise funds for her funeral and for Domestic Abuse and Suicide Awareness. He claimed Iwachukwu abused Dunn.

“Hi, My name is Frank and I’m creating this fundraiser in the Memory of my Mother CHARTÈ DUNN to tell her story and to assist us in Funeral Expenses.

“We’d like to advocate on Domestic Abuse and Suicide Awareness and Mental Health Awareness. My Mother was a Victim of Domestic Abuse by her Husband, Which led to her unfortunate passing.

“This is very unfortunate event that many people may experience we would like to create awareness for people that’s gone through this or currently going through this, it’s very disheartening and words can’t express the anguish,” the fundraiser posted on GoFundMe read.


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