Model from N.J. found shot to death in Texas apartment


Houston police are investigating the death of a model from New Jersey who was found dead in her home of a gunshot wound.

Danielle Chaney, 20, was found in her apartment by her boyfriend about 5:10 p.m. on Feb. 2, according to a news release from the city’s police department. Chaney is from Englewood, Bergen County.

“Ms. Chaney was found by her boyfriend lying on her bed inside her apartment,” Houston police said in a statement. “She had sustained a gunshot wound to the head. The boyfriend stated he brought Chaney outside to render aid before paramedics arrived and transported her to the hospital.”

Chaney died at the hospital.

The boyfriend was not identified by police.

News video taken of the outside of Chaney’s apartment after the shooting show a window apparently shattered by gunfire and another window left open.

Chaney lived about 15 miles from downtown Houston and was pursuing a career as a model, according to her Facebook page.

“Success over everything,” she wrote on the social media site.

Her grieving mother Betty Harris told ABC13 the family needs to know the details of Danielle’s death and asked anyone with information to contact police.

A funeral was held last week in Englewood with burial in Mount Rest Cemetery in Butler, according to an obituary.

Houston police say the matter remains under investigation.

They asked anyone with information to call 713-308-3600 or Crime Stoppers at 713-222-TIPS.

Anthony G. Attrino may be reached at tattrino@njadvancemedia.com. Follow him on Twitter @TonyAttrino. Find NJ.com on Facebook.



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