SOMERVILLE - Two brothers charged with the murder of a local rapper in Franklin Township made their first court appearance Thursday.

Antwan and Zaire Cromedy appeared before a Somerset County judge on charges that they killed 28-year-old Eric Andrews Jr.

Andrews, known in the rap world as "Rapper E-9," was shot after an altercation at a hair salon in New Brunswick.

Police say Antwan Cromedy gave a gun to his younger brother Zaire and told him to shoot the victim.

The victim's father, Eric Andrews Sr., says his heart is broken, but that he has high praise for police and prosecutors in Somerset County.

Andrews says he wants justice for his son. "He was loved by the community, very respectful, manners, he wasn't a troublemaker," he says.

E-9 leaves behind a 9-year-old son, as well as two brothers and two sisters.