As investigations continue into fatal shootings that claimed the lives of three local men during recent months, authorities are making an urgent plea to the public for more information that might help make the difference in identifying and locating suspects and making arrests.
“One of them had just spent time with his friends. Another had just had dinner with his mom. A third had just stopped by his parents’ house to say hello and was on his way over to see his girlfriend,” Monmouth County Acting Prosecutor Lori Linskey said. “Each of these men had people who loved them dearly and every reason to expect many more years of happiness and prosperity – and each had it all torn away from them in sudden, violent fashion.”
The three fatal shootings, which are not believed to be in any way related, unfolded as follows:
Members of the Neptune Police Department responding to a report of a shooting shortly before 11 p.m. on Sat., May 14 found 39-year-old Marques Mills of Neptune inside a vehicle at the intersection of Hillview Drive and Edgemere Road, having sustained multiple gunshot wounds. He was subsequently transported to Jersey Shore University Medical Center, where he was pronounced dead on the morning of Sun., May 15.
Members of the Neptune Police Department responding to a location off Route 35 South on a report of a shooting shortly before 1:45 a.m. on Mon., July 4 found 26-year-old Ayres Gray, Jr. of Manalapan in a parked vehicle on South Concourse, having sustained multiple gunshot wounds. Gray was rushed to Jersey Shore University Medical Center, where he was pronounced dead approximately one hour later.
Members of the Asbury Park Police Department responded to a report of gunfire originating from the 1600 block of Sewall Avenue shortly before 7:30 p.m. on Thurs., July 28. Upon arrival at the scene, officers encountered 33-year-old Kyshon Washington-Walker of Shrewsbury, who had sustained multiple gunshot injuries. He was transported to Jersey Shore University Medical Center, where he was pronounced deceased a short while later.
The mothers of all three men recently personally shared with members of our office remembrances of their sons – and their complete devastation over losing them.
Gray’s mother recalled that he loved his family and friends deeply and unconditionally. Washington-Walker, known affectionately as “Butey” by his loved ones, had a smile that lit up any room that he was in, according to his mom, and had just started a new job he loved, working as a State-Certified Fire Inspector. Mills’s mother expressed deep pride at how her son had transformed his life and his body through physical fitness, becoming both a certified personal trainer and an entrepreneur designing fitness apparel.
“These families, each of which will never quite be the same, deserve justice for the loss of their loved ones. It is an absolute certainty that there are individuals currently out there in possession of information that would crack each of these cases wide open,” Linskey said. “To them we would say this: please think about these grieving mothers and do the right thing. Contact our Detectives, tell them what you know, and help these families.”
Anyone with information about the fatal shooting of Marques Mills is urged to contact MCPO Detective Matthew Delgado at 800-533-7443 or Neptune Township Police Department Detective Robert Hagerman at 732-988-8000.
Anyone with information about the fatal shooting of Ayres Gray, Jr. is urged to contact MCPO Detective Daniel Newman at 800-533-7443 or Neptune Township Police Detective Carrie Bartlett at 732-988-8000.
Anyone with information about the fatal shooting of Kyshon Washington-Walker is urged to contact MCPO Detective Matthew Delgado at 800-533-7443 or Asbury Park Police Department Detective Anthony Houlis at 732-774-1300.
Anyone who feels the need to remain anonymous, but has information about this or any crime can submit a tip to the Monmouth County Crime Stoppers by calling their confidential telephone tipline at 1-800-671-4400; by downloading and using the free P3 Tips mobile app (available on iOS and Android – https://www.p3tips.com/1182), by calling 800-671-4400, or by going to the website at www.monmouthcountycrimestoppers.com.