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27 June 2008

Montclair homicide suspect remains at large, and is considered armed and dangerous, Essex Prosecutor says

ESSEX COUNTY — The man who is believed to have shot and killed the estranged mother of his two children at a YMCA in Montclair Thursday remains at large and should be considered armed and dangerous, Essex County Prosecutor Paula T. Dow said today.

At 6:30 Thursday night, Montclair police officers responded to the YMCA Family Center, at Glenridge Avenue in Montclair, on a report of shots fired. Upon arrival, police discovered the body of 31-year-old Monica Paul, who had suffered multiple gunshot wounds. Paul was a resident of Montclair and a member of the YMCA. Her body was discovered at the observation area near the indoor pool.

She is the mother of two children — an 11-year-old girl, who was with her outside the pool and a 4-year-old boy, who was swimming in the pool at the time of the shooting.

The victim was pronounced dead at the scene.

Police are searching for the father of the two children: Kenneth Duckett, 37, of Orange. A vehicle associated with Duckett, a white Jeep, has been recovered in Orange. No suspects have been arrested. Police believe the motive was a domestic dispute and that Duckett had violated a final restraining order for Paul which was issued against him in October 2007.

The investigation is ongoing.

If anyone has any information, immediately contact the Essex County Homicide Squad at (973) 621-4586 or the Montclair Police Department at (973) 744-1234.

Duckett is 37, and is approximately 5’9” tall and weighs 150 lbs. His eyes are brown and his hair is black.

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