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
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
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
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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