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Love and demise: Smitten love birds imagined gazing longingly at one another before special night murder

Love and demise: Smitten love birds imagined gazing longingly at one another before special night murder

A terrible wedding snap shows a Tennessee drug specialist gazing affectionately into her new spouse’s eyes — only months before he purportedly killed her on their fascinating vacation to Fiji.

Christe Chen, 36, and Bradley Robert Dawson, 38, secured the bunch in February — with the pair seeming stricken as they secured eyes in a photograph on their important day.

The cake cook turned-drug specialist wore a streaming, strapless outfit and held a bundle of roses while grinning wide, maybe longing for their coexistence.

Be that as it may, the couple’s once-encouraging future was run when Dawson supposedly killed Chen at an extravagance resort while on their wedding trip on July 9 in the South Pacific — only five months after their disastrous pre-marriage ceremony.

The pair got hitched on Feb. 18 after what one colleague said was a

“hurricane sentiment,”

the Daily Beast detailed.

Christe Chen, 36, and Bradley Robert Dawson, 38. on their wedding day in February 2022.
Christe Chen, 36, and Bradley Robert Dawson, 38, tied the knot in February.
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Chen and Dawson then hosted a party the next day with about 20 people at a historic inn in their hometown of Memphis, the outlet reported.

The couple’s decision to get married took some by surprise, according to a source who knew Chen professionally.

“It was some kind of whirlwind romance,”

the source who asked not to be identified told the Daily Beast, adding that few people in Chen’s orbit met Dawson prior to the wedding.

A room at Fiji's Turtle Island resort, where the July 9 slaying allegedly occured.
A room at Fiji’s Turtle Island resort, where the July 9 slaying allegedly occurred.
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Everyone who knew Chen is “just still trying to absorb” the shock of her death, the source said.

Guests at their intimate reception the day after the nuptials — where the couple seemed to be elated — feasted on Caesar salad, petite filet steak, and sauteed shrimp in brown butter, according to video of the event obtained by the outlet.

“Yesterday, Christe & Brad were given a gorgeous spring day to celebrate their nuptials amongst their closest family and friends at the beautiful James Lee House,”

a photographer hired for the event posted on her Instagram page.

“Christe and Brad’s joy radiated all over their faces and was so much fun to capture on camera.”

Bradley Dawson and Christe Chen.
Dawson and Chen married in February after a “whirlwind romance,” according to reports.
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Dawson, who works at a nonprofit that helps children, remains held in Fiji on a murder charge. A judge ordered him to remain in custody for 14 days before he returns to court on July 27, the Fiji Sun reported.

Friends of Chen, meanwhile, said she was eager to have children and spend the rest of her life with Dawson, according to the Daily Mail.

“I am in shock,”

Rena Schomburg told the outlet.

“I just texted all my friends and my husband, telling them I hope it’s not real. But my husband told me it is real. She was so excited to get married and have babies.”

Bradley Robert Dawson is accused of killing his newlywed wife while on their Fiji honeymoon.
Dawson allegedly killed Chen at a luxury resort while on their honeymoon on July 9 in the South Pacific — just five months after their nuptials.
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The couple had met in 2015 while planning a mutual friend’s bachelorette party, the Daily Mail reported.

“It’s so sad,”

Schomburg said of her friend’s tragic death.

“She didn’t have a bad bone in her body.”

An attorney for Dawson could not confirm how Chen died after being found lifeless in a hotel room, but insists his client is innocent, WHBQ reported.

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