updated 10/11/2011 AT 12:00 PM ET
•originally published 10/11/2011 AT 12:40 PM ET
The brother of Celebrity Apprentice star Omarosa Manigault was murdered in a lover’s quarrel last Sunday, police in Youngstown, Ohio, tell that town’s Vindicator newspaper.
Jack Manigault, 40, received several gunshots, including a fatal wound to the head, after his home was broken into by Marco Cardenas, 22, say police. Manigault was asleep at the time with a woman who was formerly the girlfriend of the alleged assailant. Two children were also in the house.
A statement released by Omarosa Manigault through her Washington publicist said: “We thank everyone for their amazing outpouring of support surrounding the tragic death of my brother Jack. … Right now it is an extremely difficult time and we ask that you allow family privacy to grieve and make all necessary arrangements.”
Shortly after the incident police arrested Cardenas, who is currently on two-year probation in a December 2009 case of felony breaking and entering.
Jack Manigault had a prison record and was sentenced in 1999 to 2½ years for aggravated assault. Vindy.com also reports his 2003 conviction on a charge of obstructing official business and an arrest for possession of drugs and weapons.
Omarosa, in her statement, said her brother had turned his life around. “My brother was so special to us! We loved him unconditionally and we were so proud of him when he turned his life around and gave his life to God two years ago,” she said.