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Tuesday, May 22, 2018 1:00 am

Murder charge filed in slaying

DAVE GONG | The Journal Gazette

A murder charge has been filed against a man police say killed his girlfriend last week at the Regency Inn on Fort Wayne's north side. 

David Fabela, 35, was charged Monday in the death of Michelle Funk-Pike, 47, of Las Vegas. Funk-Pike was identified Monday by the Allen County coroner. Fabela was originally charged with aggravated battery.

The cause and manner of Funk-Pike's death are pending, but court documents indicate that she may have died from blunt force trauma to the head, neck and chest, as well as from strangulation. 

According to court documents, about 10:55 p.m. May 15 city police responded to the hotel on a report of a man talking about having killed his girlfriend. When officers arrived, several witnesses said they saw Fabela wandering around the hotel telling other guests he had killed his girlfriend and that her body was in his room.

Officers went to Fabela's room, but initially thought they had the wrong person.

After clarifying that Fabela was the man they were looking for, a witness told police Fabela was seen walking east from the hotel. Fabela was arrested a short time later at Donnell and Virginia avenues. 

Witnesses interviewed by police said Fabela had told several people that he had killed Funk-Pike and that she had been dead for two days. One said Fabela appeared to be extremely intoxicated.

“(Fabela told the witness) 'I murdered her, she been up there for two days in a blanket,” court documents state. “(The witness) stated Fabela then offered him his Chinese food and made a reference about it being his last supper.”

When officers entered Fabela's room, they found Funk-Pike wrapped in blankets on the bed, according to court documents. She was pronounced dead at the scene. 

The Fort Wayne Police Department, the Allen County prosecutor's office and the Allen County coroner's office are investigating. 

dgong@jg.net