2nd suspect captured in shooting death of NJIT student Joe Micalizzi
NEWARK — A second suspect in the death of NJIT junior Joseph Micalizzi was captured Friday hours after authorities announced charges against him.
Acting Essex County Prosecutor Carolyn Murray said Taquan Harris, 22, was arrested on Munn Avenue in Irvington late Friday afternoon hours after being charged with Monday's fatal shooting at the TKE fraternity house. Nafee Cotman, 18, already had been arrested and charged in the slaying that shocked the state.
Earlier on Friday, Murray announced that both were charged with murder, felony murder, robbery, burglary and weapons offenses. The suspects are being held on $1 million bail.
Micalizzi, a 2011 graduate of Howell High School and Brookdale Community College was a mechanical engineering major.
Two GoFundMe pages created to defray funeral costs have collected nearly $30,000.
"The outpouring of love & support is appreciated beyond measure," wrote Micalizzi's aunt Tressa Schianna on the Joseph Micalizzi Memorial Fund page.
Best friend Bianca Miranda, who said she wanted to keep Micalizzi's name out there until the suspects were captured, also thanked all who donated to the Micalizzi family fund.
"Keep sharing his story!! The whole world will hear his name. And to the soulless predators that stole him away... you will live in the agony of your crimes," wrote Miranda.
Micalizzi’s funeral is scheduled for 10 a.m. Wednesday at St. Robert Bellarmine Church in Freehold. Viewings are scheduled for 4 to 8 p.m. Monday and Tuesday at the Clayton & McGirr Funeral Home in Freehold. Memorial contributions in Micalizzi’s memory may be made to St. Robert Bellarmine Church.