Arrest made in connection to 2016 murder of Rutgers—Newark student
After nearly a year on the run, a second man was arrested Tuesday by U.S. Marshals in connection with a 2016 shooting of a Rutgers—Newark student, according to Acting Essex County Prosecutor Carolyn Murray.
Ramirez is accused of committing felony murder by shooting Toms River native and Rutgers—Newark junior Shani Patel, according to a press release. He also faces charges of robbery and weapons offense, the statement said.
Patel was killed at an off-campus apartment on Central Avenue during a robbery on April 10, 2016, and Ramirez has been on the run ever since then, the statement said.
Authorities say Ramirez was the second man wanted in connection to the shooting. Marcus Feliz of Newark was the first man arrested just days after allegedly fatally shooting Patel, and injuring Patel’s 23-year-old roommate, who survived the attack.
Authorities found a substantial amount of drugs and money on the scene of the shooting, according to Patch.com.
Patel reportedly had a past of drug
Alex Bardis, a friend of Patel, told Patch.com Patel was planning to go into real estate to flip houses, and aid his family in living a better life since their emigration from India.
“He had big goals and he was pursuing them, all for his mother,” he said.
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