Have You Seen Him? Second Person Wanted in Rutgers Student’s Murder
A second person, who remains at large, has been charged in connection with the April 10 shooting death of a Rutgers-Newark student, authorities said Monday.
Fraynned Ramirez, 26, of Hartford, Conn., is charged with murder, robbery and felony murder in connection with the death of 21-year-old Shani Patel of Toms River, Acting Essex County Prosecutor Carolyn A. Murray and Newark Public Safety Director Anthony F. Ambrose said in a statement. Ramirez has not yet been apprehended and authorities believe he is "armed and dangerous."
Last week 25-year-old Marcus Feliz of Newark was charged with murder, felony murder and robbery in connection with Patel’s murder. Authorities say he remains in the Essex County Correctional Facility on $750,000 bail.
When Ramirez is captured, his bail will also be set at $750,000, authorities said. Neither of the men attend Rutgers or have an affiliation with the school, according to police.
Patel and his roommate were shot at the intersection of Central Avenue and Halsey Street on Sunday night around 10 p.m. Murray said the roommate, whose identity has not been made public, was hospitalized in stable condition.
Authorities have not yet provided any information regarding a possible motive for Patel's murder, however Rutgers Newark Chancellor Nancy Cantor wrote on the school’s Facebook page that the shooting of the economics major was not random.
The Essex County Sheriff’s Crimestoppers Program is offering a reward of up to $10,000 for information leading to the arrest of Ramirez, authorities said. Anyone with information can contact the Essex County Prosecutor’s Office Homicide/Major Crimes Task Force tips line at 1-877-TIPS-4EC or 1-877-847-7432.