Brendan Tevlin: 5 Fast Facts You Need to Know

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On Thursday police found the body of 19-year-old college student Brendan Tevlin in a parked SUV in West Orange, New Jersey. He had been shot dead sometime shortly after midnight and authorities are currently trying to figure out who killed the beloved teenager called by friends and acquaintances a “model citizen.”

Here is what you need to know:

1. He Was Found Shot in an SUV Parked Near an Apartment Complex

Police believe that sometime around midnight early Thursday morning, Tevlin was shot while sitting in the driver’s seat of an SUV parked in an apartment complex at Walker Road and Northfield Avenue in West Orange. The windows on both the driver and passenger’s side were shattered. His body was found in the car at around 1:30 a.m.

2. It Is Believed to Be a ‘Targeted’ Killing

Very little information is known or has been revealed about the cause or motivation behind the murder. CBS 6 cites investigators as saying they believe Tevlin was specifically targeted by his killer. He was shot multiple times, though the precise number has not been released.

You can watch a news report of the story above.

3. He Was Driving Home From a Friend’s House

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At around 11:30 p.m., Tevlin left a friends house where he was playing video games. WTVR reports that around that time he also texted his mother, telling her he was headed home.

Police did not say how they believe the vehicle, with Tevlin in the driver’s seat, ended up at the apartment complex, but they did say they believe he was shot about a mile from where his car was ultimately found. The car was found around one mile away form Seton Hall, where he graduated from high school.

4. He Just Finished His Freshman Year a University of Richmond

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(University of Richmond/ WikiMedia)

Tevlin was home in the quiet New Jersey suburb after finishing his freshman year at University of Richmond. He graduated from Seton Hall prep where he was a very popular and well liked student. Speaking to NBC, his former calculus teacher said that he “was an ‘A’ student, very conscientious.”

5. No Arrests Have Been Made

(Essex County Prosecutor's Office)

(Essex County Prosecutor’s Office)

Police are still searching for answers in the murder of Brendan Tevlin, and none of his friends have been able to suggest a motive in the likable teens slaying. The prosecutors office has released two security camera photos of people they believe might have been witnesses to the killing. One of those images can be seen above.

Police are currently offering a $25,000 reward for any information about the killing.

Police are asking that anyone with any information on the killing call the (877) 847-7432.

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  1. Correction:
    Here are 5 Facts you need to know about Brendan Tevlin:
    1. He was a model student and member of the community
    2. He was always a positive kid with a smile on his face
    3. He didnt have an enemy in the world; he got along with everyone.
    4. He comes from a good, large family that doubled as his close friends.
    5. He was active in the church, with community service, and with surfing, playing the bagpipes, club sports. He was a good, well rounded person, and should be remembered by the legacy he left.

    Those are 5 of many facts you need to know about Brendan Tevlin.

  2. All of you need to shut the fuck up. Yes, it is tragic that someone was shot, but, many people are killed daily. Only now are you Livingstein jews concerned because it happened in your fucking prep school neighborhood. You all are soft and spineless. Throw all of you fucking people into a town like Irvington and you people wouldn’t last a day.

    • What is wrong with you? no one asked about fucking irvington. soft and spineless? For grieving over the loss of a loved one? you’re sick. who gives a shit if this happened in a prep school area or in the fucking ghetto… it’s still an absolute tragedy. take your discussing and heartless comments elsewhere.

    • We work hard to be sure out families don’t have to live in places like Irvington Newark or east orange. It’s all a matter of where you set your standards. We work our butts off to be sure we are educated and that our children have education. It was not handed to me like a welfare check. I actually work for my paycheck.

      • but i agree that whoever said this “We work hard to be sure out families don’t have to live in places like Irvington Newark or east orange. It’s all a matter of where you set your standards. We work our butts off to be sure we are educated and that our children have education. It was not handed to me like a welfare check. I actually work for my paycheck.” is a racist fuck head who has no idea about the world

        • The real word is what you make it. walking around blameing the whites for you own problems, well that is this panty waste way out.

    • @landlinegamiing. Go back to your videogames and remain in immature arsehole. Fyi not everyone who lives in Livingston is Jewish, in fact less than 50%. You obviously don’t read… the news reports all say that he graduated from Seton Hall Prep (not exactly a “Jewish ” school). Just how many Jewish kids do you know that hang out at an Irish Club and play the bag pipes? Go back under your troll bridge and stay there!!!!

    • What do you care, and why did you bother to post (@landlinegaming)? As a family member, what we care about is that Brendan was a good kid and didnt deserve his life being taken away. For those who knew him, he touched the lives of many and left a legacy of love and kindness. My goal is to let that live on, and I pray for haters like you to catch his contagious smile and personality to try to eliminate the hate and discrimination in this world. He loved everyone he met and wouldnt wish his fate upon anyone. Lifes too short for negitivity.

      • And yes, people are killed daily. Doesnt mean any is more or less significant than the other. But some, like Brendan’s case, were out of the blue to a good and innocent kid who avoided controversy.

        • i keep hearing that the person “avoided controversy” is that a virtue? i’m not kidding !!! I fight with the courage of my convictions for everything i believe in and do not back down if it gets controversial. i just mean that, in general, avoiding controversy is rather weak (to me) . If you dont stand for something, you’ll fall for anything type of idea there.

          • I think you are completely taking this out of context in your search to find something to be offended by. What they meant by “avoided controversary” was that he was a good, smart, hardworking kid with many positive attributes, hobbies and interests. He is not the type to be disliked nonetheless have someone seek him out to harm him. I’m glad you’re a righteous person but you are completely taking this out of context and critiquing a kid who had so much going for him for no good reason. Out of respect for the family, please take your self-righteous comments elsewhere.

            • wow. so many assholes, so little time. that could not have BEEN more polite, btw. i just kept reading the same phrase, over and over and i honestly thought ” GENERALLY SPEAKNG: is avoiding controversy a good thing?” now, if u can take an honest, GENERAL question and turn it into a brawl, than you need more help than 20 shrinks can give you and i have no more time for your ignorant ass. please. why don’t U shut up ? and again, for the THIRD time — i was responding, in general, to the PHRASE — not to him as a person. reading comprehension — try it.

          • By “avoiding controversy” I meant he settled things with words and not actions, and that he was more of an educated debater than fighter.

    • whoa, ease up, pup. i live in a comfy, white suburb — that does not make me anti-black. This is the whole problem here —- people want to make out like all whites are bad or all blacks are bad. c’mon, anyone with sense knows better. PS i live near a serious, dangerous ghetto (people shot and stabbed on the regular, almost daily) — i also drive there, walk there, visit there……. and i am white, and no one has killed me. because i treat people like PEOPLE.

    • This site should not allow sick people to comment on this story. It’s a terrible thing that happened and unless you have something kind to say or are reaching out in support for Brendan’s loved ones, you should keep your disgusting comments to yourself. Losing a family member under these situations is something no one should have to go through and anything but love and support here should be removed immediately by It’s truly sickening.

  3. I think this was a case of failed hijacking again. And probably the perpetrators are from Irvington or Newark. So much for gun laws working out for New Jersey

    • oh all we need is the LOONS in this state with guns u see the way they cut u off when u drive ? the people here have quite a few screws loose i think mental illness runs thru the state

  4. No matter what color or where he lived its about another young person killed !! This world is out of control with killing people

    • THIS is the truth. It saddens me to see such ugliness on this page. A young mans life has been taken. He has a family and friends who love him very much. That’s what should be the focus. Their grief and Brendans lifer. Not all of this name calling and hatred. Such things are what leadto the ugliness of not caring for our fellow human beings. If we treat one another in such brutal ways we are becoming dangerously close to becoming like the animals that commit these kind of atrocities. Let’s not. Rest in Peace Brendan.

      • I agree had to do with money drugs or gang initiation, he doesn’t seem like the drug user type, i think someone picked him off, or was shot by a new gang member, a disturbing reality of life now sensless killings happening everyday and they complain the death penalty is to harsh.

  5. Landline gaming: Let me tell you one thing! Why don’t you shut up! I doesn’t matter what ehnicity, race, religious background! HE DID NOT DESERVE TO BE KILLED FOR ANY REASON! You on the other hand! Be careful of the bad vibe that you have! It will come back to you!

  6. Another thing! Landgame! Go to Northern Ireland and talk that shit! YOU!!!! WOULD BE DEAD IN FIVE MINUTES! You are a spinless pig!

  7. This has drug deal written all over it. Seems like they were trying to cop or maybe robbed someone for money. Or drugs . The kids who ran away perhaps were the ones who setup the robbery and this poor kid was just their ride. His phone didn’t provide clues leading me to believe the friends set it up and watched as Brendan paid with his life for their greediness. I’m speculating but what else could have happened? This explains why these runners haven’t come forward as they are complicit to murder and could and should be charged themselves of murder. Poor kid was prolly terrified driving full of bullets trying to escape in vain not knowing his fate was sealed. Drugs or money is the motivator behind this I know it.

    • I know the family. My sons were team mates of this young man. This kid was not doing a deal. He was on his way home. Many of the other posts here made me upchuck in my mouth. This young man was a great kid, from a great family. Please show some decorum.

    • If you don’t know him, you don’t know shit. You cant speculate. It may seem one way, but the authorities know what they are doing. And if you knew Brendan, you would know that it wouldnt be that simple.

    • Hell of a speculation. VERY far fetched and ridiculous. Since you claim to know what was on his phone were there messages of said drug deal?

      The kid was probably targeted for robbery or gang initiation. And those “runners” very well could be the suspects, ever thought of that?

  8. As a SEAL, just two minutes with landlinegaming….
    Hope I’m wrong but this could be another “undocumented hate crime” perpetrated against an innocent white kid. There have been several similar attacks in recent years that are not being reported by the media.
    Sounds like Mr. Tevlin was driving home, these two thugs spotted him and shot/killed him simply because he was white.

  9. Before posting, everyone should remember this:

    This is an absolutely devastating tragedy. The life of an intelligent, hardworking and driven young man was cut short – way too short. He was a brother, a son, a friend, and an all around good kid. Regardless of how, who or why: nobody deserves to have a life cut short, and no family or friend deserves to suffer the pain of losing a loved one. Remember before you post that their are grieving loved ones of Brendan out there who deserve respect. Rest in paradise<3

  10. NJ NO one is safe this young man was only 19 whoever did this will should get death by lethal
    injection oh thats right NJ doesnt have it hummmmmmm

  11. its never the bad kids that get it this kid prob did nothing and he was shot for it NJ is full of awful nasty rotten people cant wait to leave it forever its a DUMP!!!!!!!!

  12. I cannot believe this is this area like Paterson or newark where no white people can go? also camden and trenton they are charming areas too OMG NJ discusting place ……….

  13. yes watch it folks NJ is dangerous place esp stay out of Paterson newark camden trenton passaic irvington well i could go on and on and on geeez sleazy state not 2 mention
    the HIGH property taxes thank you GOV FATSO !

  14. they shot this boy cause he was “white irish” ? WTF ???? let me guess what color the shooter was in NJ ??? u can just imagine?

  15. From what we know today, this was a wonderful kid from a wonderful family who was brutally slain. People on here should be ashamed of the stuff that is posted. A young man lost his life. Apparently he did nothing to deserve his fate. He didnt hate blacks, Jews or anyone else. He texted his Mom that he was on his way home. The monsters that took his life deserve not one minute of consideration and I trust they will be identified and will receive the punishment they so richly deserve. This has nothing to do with class warfare, religious differences, or anything of the sort. It was a mean spirited taking of a good life by some low lifes that need to be dealt with.

  16. Brendan was a good kid and an innocent victim of a random selfish act, confirmed by the news. Rest in Peace, Brendan. We love you.

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