ASBURY PARK — An 18-year-old Neptune Township man charged with firing the shots that killed a 10-year-old boy last week was apprehended in Florida on Sunday, police said.

Karon Council, 18, was apprehended at an apartment in Pompano Beach, according to Monmouth County Prosecutor Christopher J. Gramiccioni. He was taken to the Broward County Sheriff's Office Jail for extradition back to New Jersey to face charges.

The prosecutor did not disclose how Council got to Florida or who he was staying with in the city located just north of Miami.

Council faces charges of murder, conspiracy to commit murder, aggravated assault, unlawful possession of a weapon, and possession of a weapon for an unlawful purpose in the death of Yovanni Banos-Merino at his home late Wednesday night. His mother, Lilia Merino, 38, was also shot, but survived.

A 16-year-old boy was arrested at Neptune High School last Thursday, several hours after the shooting.

The victims of last week's shooting were not the intended targets of the shooting, according to Gramiccioni. Council was dating Lilia's daughter and had an "issue" with an adult male in the house.

At a candlelight vigil on Saturday night Banos-Merino's sister Vanessa Martinez told a crowd of around 50 people that her brother would not want to see people sad because of him.

"He doesn't want to see you guys cry, I know that, because he'll get mad and say, 'Why are you guys crying? Don't cry, I'm OK.'" she said. "Even though he's not going to be here anymore, I know he's looking after us and saying, 'Everything is going to be OK.'"

The US Marshals of Florida, Regional Fugitive Task Force, West Palm Divison with the assistance of US Marshals NY/NJ Regional Fugitive Task Force, Trenton Division were all involved in the apprehension of Council in Florida.

Information from the Associated Press was used in this report. 

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