THE MURDER of Jared Bridegan shocked those closest to him and the mystery remains unsolved.
In the wake of Jared’s death, the details surrounding his former marriage to Shanna Gardner-Fernandez made headlines.
Who is Jared Bridegan’s ex-wife, Shanna Gardner-Fernandez?
While visiting Florida in 2009, Shanna Gardner met her future ex-husband, Jared Bridegan.
The Utah native was a long way from home because she was visiting a friend in the Floridian city of Jacksonville.
Shanna is the daughter of Sterling and Shelli Gardner, the co-founders of Stampin’ Up! – an arts and crafts company.
In April 2010, Shanna and Jared tied the knot and held their wedding ceremony in Salt Lake City, Utah.
At some point after the birth of their twins, the couple moved to Connecticut.
Regarding the move to Connecticut, a source told Fox News: “That’s when the cracks really started to show.”
Fox’s source also claimed that Jared found provocative emails between Shanna and her personal trainer, which resulted in her revelation that she stepped out of their marriage.
The source shared: “It was like having someone you knew and loved do a complete 180.
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“Jared was like, ‘I don’t recognize this person. I married a totally different person.'”
When did Jared and Shanna divorce?
On February 23, 2015, Shanna filed for divorce from Jared and requested primary custody of their two children together.
During their courtroom showdown, the former couple disagreed on the demands made by the other regarding property, alimony, custody, and child support.
On May 17, 2015, Jared accused Shanna of spying on him and invading his privacy.
Fox obtained an email between the late Microsoft executive and his lawyer that stated: “This is enough!!!”
“I should have every damn right on my own property to not constantly be under-recording or monitoring by Shanna.”
Jared added: “I want the flipping gates of Hell released on her for this.”
Months later in July 2015, the two were able to reach a divorce settlement.
Did Shanna hire a lawyer?
On June 14, 2022, it was revealed that Shanna hired a criminal defense lawyer.
Shanna’s lawyer, Henry Coxe III, issued a statement to Fox Digital and disclosed that he was hired by the former and her second husband Mario “for the purpose of seeing if steps could be taken to protect her young twins from any publicity surrounding this tragic event.
“As for any other reason for the family to have or need counsel, whether it be myself or anyone else, there is none.”
Months earlier on Wednesday, February 16, Jared was murdered by gunfire while on his way back home from Shanna’s residence.
The assailant who is responsible for shooting and killing the father of four remains at large.
The Jacksonville Beach Police Department has not publicly named a suspect.
The US Sun did not receive any comments from Jacksonville PD or Shanna’s lawyer Henry Coxe III.
Months after the killing of her late ex-husband, Shanna spoke out regarding the tragic incident.
On June 30, 2022, she told local CBS affiliate Action News Jax: “I do want people to understand where I’m coming from.
“I was asked to not talk to the media or give a public statement.
“I’ve tried really hard to do that. But with a level of speculation, I felt now it was necessary to speak out.
Shanna recalled Jared’s deadly tragedy: “I’m sure that day…I would say that we’ve had happy moments.
“I mean, we share the two most beautiful children in the world. I might be a little biased.
“I remember my son, tucking him in, and him saying it was a good date night.
The Jacksonville, Florida native added: “I found out in the middle of the night, and I was shocked.
“I fell to the floor because I was devastated. What was I gonna have to tell the kids? A complete shock.
“They were, I think, in shock. They were very emotional and that was kind of the beginning of their journey.”
She said while reflecting on their history: “Anytime divorce comes into any situation, it’s messy.
“It just is … I really want to respect his family and him. And I will say that I think that we both love our kids.”
Shanna concluded: “Even though we didn’t always get along, he was still the father of my kids.
“No. I did not have anything to do with his murder. I consulted with a criminal defense attorney with an attorney for my kids.
“He was referred to me by several friends and ultimately my kids’ images and videos were being used in the media without consent.”