NEWARK - Public safety officials will increase security around the campuses of NJIT and Rutgers-Newark after two students were recently murdered.
The heads of the Newark Police Department met with the chiefs of the Rutgers and NJIT police departments to agree to work together to increase police visibility in the neighborhoods surrounding the two schools.
The announcement comes in the wake of the murder of NJIT student Joe Micalizzi, who was shot and killed inside the TKE Fraternity house early Monday morning during an apparent robbery.
“They gained entrance to the frat house through a back door, climbed up the stairs to his third-floor room where he was up and had books with him,” says NJIT President Joel Bloom. “In cold blood, because he wouldn't give up some cellphone or laptop, he was killed.”
No arrests have been made.
This is the second murder of a college student in Newark in the past three weeks. Rutgers-Newark student Shani Patel was shot and killed inside his apartment on April 10.
Hundreds gathered Tuesday evening for a vigil held in honor of Micalizzi.