Rhoni Reuter, 42, was 7 months pregnant when Marni Yang, 41, walked into the woman’s Deerfield condominium on August 3, 2007, emptying seven rounds into the first-time mother.
According to police reports, before fleeing the scene, Marni (pictured above left) took a few items. Among them, a silver and pearl bracelet with the word "pregnant" engraved inside.
It is likely the story would not have made front-page headlines if not for the fact Reuter (above right) was carrying the baby of ex-Bears football player Shaun Gayle. The couple had an on again-off again relationship for 17 years.
Out of a true-crime book that could have been penned by any of several WCI contributors, Marni Yang spent months planning Rhoni Reuter's murder. She bought a book on “How to Make a Disposable Silencer," and learned to fire a 9 MM weapon using numerous grips at a shooting range. Using someone else’s credit card, she rented a car and changed the license plates on the car to plates with stolen plates from another. Her disguise consisted of a hairnet, swim cap, and wig. Yang bought one of those disposable cell phones to take with her the day of the murder so it couldn’t be tracked through a cell tower.
Marni Yang was a real-estate broker. She represented ex-Bears player Shaun Gayle (pictured right) on a number of property transactions. Because of her real-estate business, Yang had access to the personal information of the women the football player was dating. She used her computer to send threatening e-mails, and stalked Gayle’s serious romantic interests.
A real-estate person has many tools at their disposal through the Internet. Real-estate companies such as Coldwell Banker, Century 21, ReMax, etc. provide their sales agents with easier access to programs the way a law enforcement officer runs a license plate. A Realtor can access a person's information via property tax, treasurer’s office, and tax identification databases. Yes, this information is public record. But for the layman, it takes longer to research. And, unlike a law enforcement officer who attempts to conduct a private search, there are footprints and accountability when accessing this information. A real-estate agent leaves no trail or footprint.
After the arrest of Marni Yang, people on the Internet left comments pointing fingers at the ex-Bear, implying that he possibly led Marni on, or failed to inform police he was in a romantic relationship with her. It happened as I made media rounds on live radio and television shows commenting on the crime.
We always seem to react and point fingers. The fact is, Shaun Gayle is a tragic victim. Marni Yang murdered this woman and her unborn child all by herself!Tweet