Memorial to be held to honor murdered teen

Posted: Updated:
NEPTUNE -

The family and friends of murdered Neptune City teen Sarah Stern say that they plan to hold a memorial in her honor, despite the fact that Stern’s body has not been found.

The memorial is expected to take place Saturday at the Neptune City Center. Organizers say that it is important to honor Stern, even though there hasn’t been any closure in the case yet.

Prosecutors allege that Stern was killed by former friend and high school classmate Liam McAtasney in December 2016 in a plot to steal thousands of dollars from her. McAtasney and another friend, Preston Taylor, allegedly threw Stern’s body off a bridge into the Shark River.

McAtasney’s attorney said Monday that McAtasney would not accept a plea deal and will go to trial.

Taylor has already pleaded guilty to helping to cover up the crime. He is expected to testify against McAtasney.

sorry to interrupt
your first 20 are free
Access to News 12 is free for Optimum, Comcast®, Spectrum Networks® and Service ElectricSM customers.
Please enjoy 20 complimentary views of articles, photos, and videos during the next 30 days.
you have reached your 20 view limit
Access to News 12 is free for Optimum, Comcast®, Spectrum Networks® and Service ElectricSM customers.
Please login or create an account to continue enjoying News12.
Our sign-up page is undergoing maintenance and is not currently available. However, you will be given direct access to news12.com while we complete our upgrade.
When we are back up and running you will be prompted at that time to complete your sign in. Until then, enjoy the local news, weather, traffic and more that's "as local as local news gets."