One person found dead after ‘live threats’ cancel Shore Thanksgiving game
ASBURY PARK — Hours after a traditional Thanksgiving football matchup between Asbury Park and Neptune schools was canceled over the threat of violence, a person was found dead just a mile from where the game would have been played.
Denzel Morgan-Hicks,27 was sitting in the driver's seat of a Ford Expedition parked along Prospect Avenue late Wednesday night, according to Monmouth County Prosecutor Christopher Gramiccioni. No suspects are in custody, according to police.
Gramiccioni did not disclose a motive. An autopsy will be completed to determine the cause and manner of Morgan-Hicks' death.
Gramiccioni asked anyone with information about the incident to call the Prosecutor's Office at 1-800-533-7443 or Asbury Park Police at 732-775-2936.
The scene is a 5-minute drive from Asbury Park High School, which called off this year's annual Thanksgiving Day football game with Neptune Township after initially postponing the game over unspecified "credible, live threats."
The game, a 90-year-tradition, is nicknamed the "Friendship Bowl."
Asbury Park school superintendent Lamont Repollet said Wednesday the schools could not agree on a makeup date to play the game and Neptune would forfeit.
"Although I know players, alumni and fans are disappointed, be assured that we will work together with the Neptune Township School District to ensure the safety of all involved in the future and to allow this longstanding Shore tradition to continue," Repollet said in a statement.
Neptune Township school superintendent Dr. Tami Crader in a statement on her district's website said a threat was not made to either school or through the school.
"At this point, given the timing of any possible rescheduling and its impact on our ability to properly prepare or evaluate a plan for increased security, I have advised our staff and Asbury Park that we cannot reschedule," Crader said.
Neptune now officially concludes its season with an 0-10 record while Asbury Park finishes with a 6-4 record.
Bob Badders of the Shore Sports Network contributed to this report
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