NJIT mourns loss of student fatally gunned down in Newark frat house

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NEWARK, N.J. — Police lights Illuminated Martin Luther King Blvd Street overnight in Newark.  Once daylight emerged, crime scene tape littered the scene of yet another deadly shooting.  This time inside of a fraternity house for students of New Jersey Institute of Technology, "That's crazy, I mean we are in Newark."

At approximately 3:22 a.m., Joseph Micalizzi a student out of Freehold was shot inside the privately owned off-campus home of the Tau Kappa Epsilon fraternity.

The 23-year-old died nearly two hours later at University Hospital.

Sources tell PIX11 News the investigation is focused on two men following him back to the residence after he made a quick trip to a convenience store.  Burglary may have been a factor according to the source.

Angel Gonzalez says he would have made the same walk at the same time, but he would have done so with company, "I don't think I would be around at 3 in the morning by myself.  I'm basically asking for something. You never know what could happen."

As detectives out of the Essex County Prosecutors office worked the crime scene throughout the morning, another scene was established after clothes believed to be connected to one of the two assailants was found on the street.

To see their neighborhood covered with yellow tape and police cars  is a concern for students like Morgan Montgomery, a senior at Rutgers.  This is the second involved shooting death of a student in the area in the past month.

The first involved a Rutgers student and an acquaintance of Morgan, "Like The person that died at my school right here, I knew him. Like we hung out in this building. It's weird seeing all this stuff happening, so close to graduation."

Already there is a $20,000 reward in tracking down the gunman in Micalizzi's murder.

The school immediately contributing $10,000 of it as NJIT President Joel Bloom said the following in a statement,

"Joe, who made the dean’s list in the fall, was in his second year at NJIT after transferring from Brookdale Community College. This is a tragic time for Joe’s family, friends and the entire NJIT campus and we extend our thoughts and prayers to all affected."

The school informed PIX11 News late Monday that students at the fraternity house as well as a neighboring property can live for free in the dorms for the remainder of the semester.

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