Prosecutor asks public to help solve 2-year-old homicide

Investigators are requesting assistance from the public in identifying and locating two persons of interest in a homicide that occurred two years ago this week in Elizabeth, said acting Union County Prosecutor Grace H. Park.

The Prosecutor’s Office released video clips depicting the male and female, pulled from surveillance footage recorded shortly before the fatal shooting of 20-year-old Earlquan Moore.

The Union County Prosecutor’s Office has released this clip of a man wanted in connection with the homicide of 20-year-old Earlquan Moore in Elizabeth, NJ ttwo years ago. The clips show a man who appears to have long black dreadlocks and is pictured wearing a white T-shirt and dark pants with a belt.

The Union County Prosecutor’s Office released this clip of a woman wearing a white tank top and dark pants who is wanted for questioning in connection with the fatal shooting of 20-year-old Earlquan Moore in Elizabeth, two years ago.  

The vast majority of crimes reported to police remain unsolved and only about half of the murders in New Jersey in recent years have been cleared by an arrest.

At approximately 3:15 p.m. on Saturday, May 23, 2015, Elizabeth Police Department patrol units responded to the 200 block of Third Street in Elizabeth to find Moore, who had been shot in front of a residence in the area.

Moore was rushed to Trinitas Regional Medical Center, where he was pronounced dead a short time later.

 

Several people were outside when the shooting occurred, with at least five witnesses reporting hearing two shots ring out.

Residents of the neighborhood, which is near Benjamin Franklin School #13, said that criminal activity had been rising along with warmer spring temperatures.

In the video clips, the two persons of interest can be seen walking near the passenger’s side of a white four-door Nissan Altima from the 2013-2015 model years.

The male appears to have long black dreadlocks and is pictured wearing a white T-shirt and dark pants with a belt, while the female appears to be wearing a white tank top and dark pants.

The shooting remains under joint investigation by the Prosecutor’s Office’s Homicide Task Force and the Elizabeth Police Department.

Anyone with information about the death of Mr. Moore is being urged to contact Homicide Task Force Sgt. Jose Vendas at 908-358-3048 or Detective Sofia Santos at 908-577-4256.

The Union County Crime Stoppers also are continuing to offer a reward of up to $10,000 for information leading to an arrest and indictment in this case; tips can be given anonymously by phone at 908-654-TIPS (8477), via text message by texting “UCTIP” plus a message to 274637 (CRIMES), or online at www.uctip.org.


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