Neighbor charged with murder in Keansburg girl’s death

Posted: Updated:
(Keansburg Police Department) Abbiegail “Abbie” Smith (Keansburg Police Department) Abbiegail “Abbie” Smith
KEANSBURG -

An 18-year-old man accused of killing his 11-year-old neighbor appeared in court Friday afternoon.

Andreas Erazo is accused of stabbing Abbiegail Smith to death. Erazo lived above Smith’s family at the Hancock Arms Apartments in Keansburg.

In a court appearance that lasted less than 10 minutes, Erazo was officially charged with first-degree murder.

Friends and family members of Smith filled the courtroom to see Erazo’s first appearance. Many of them audibly gasped when they learned he had allegedly stabbed the young girl to death.

Smith’s mother yelled at Erazo after the hearing.

“You killed my only daughter and you won’t look me in the eye?” she said.

Smith’s mother reported her missing around 9 p.m. Wednesday. The girl’s body was found around 10:20 a.m. Thursday wrapped in a blanket on top of one of the rear roofs of the complex. It was originally reported that the body was found inside a metal container in the back of the complex.

Officials say that Erazo was arrested not long after the body was found.

Investigators spent most of Thursday gathering evidence inside Erazo’s apartment.

Monmouth County Prosecutor Christopher Gramiccioni says that Smith’s murder was one of the most “heinous crimes” of his career.

“This was difficult. All are difficult, but especially when involving a child,” he says.

Smith was in fifth grade. Mourners have set up a large memorial outside the apartment complex where Smith died.

Erazo was ordered to be held without bail. He is expected back in court Wednesday.

  • New Jersey SlideshowsSlideshowsMore>>

  • US-Mexico border wall prototypes

    US-Mexico border wall prototypes

    Eight prototypes of President Donald Trump's US-Mexico border wall are being built near San Diego, CA.Eight prototypes of President Donald Trump's US-Mexico border wall are being built near San Diego, CA.

    Eight prototypes of President Donald Trump's US-Mexico border wall are being built near San Diego, CA. 

    Eight prototypes of President Donald Trump's US-Mexico border wall are being built near San Diego, CA. 

  • Your New Jersey 2017 Halloween Costumes

    Your New Jersey 2017 Halloween Costumes

    Friday, October 20 2017 3:03 PM EDT2017-10-20 19:03:05 GMT
    News 12 wants to see your costumes for 2017.News 12 wants to see your costumes for 2017.

    Will you be scary or fun this Halloween? Either way, News 12 wants to see your costumes for 2017. Send them using the hashtag #NJHalloween on Twitter or Instagram and you may see your photos on News12.com or on air!

    Will you be scary or fun this Halloween? Either way, News 12 wants to see your costumes for 2017. Send them using the hashtag #NJHalloween on Twitter or Instagram and you may see your photos on News12.com or on air!

  • New Jersey's 2017 Haunted House Guide

    New Jersey's 2017 Haunted House Guide

    Friday, October 20 2017 6:45 AM EDT2017-10-20 10:45:38 GMT

    Looking for a good scare this Halloween? Check out some of the frightening haunted houses in New Jersey.

    Looking for a good scare this Halloween? Check out some of the frightening haunted houses in New Jersey.

sorry to interrupt
your first 20 are free
Access to News 12 is free for Optimum, Comcast®, Time Warner® and Service ElectricSM customers.
Please enjoy 20 complimentary views of articles, photos, and videos during the next 30 days.
you have reached your 5 view limit
Access to News 12 is free for Optimum, Comcast®, Time Warner® and Service ElectricSM customers.
Please login, create an account or subscribe 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."