Law & Justice

West Orange and Livingston Communities Respond to WPLJ-FM's Morning Show Regarding Death of Brendan Tevlin

1fac834b5c95aff89065_kid_who_got_killed.jpg
Credits: SHP
1fac834b5c95aff89065_kid_who_got_killed.jpg

WEST ORANGE, NJ - While President Obama gave an address to the nation Wednesday night on the terror threat posed by ISIS, the West Orange and Livingston communities continue to struggle with the death of Brendan Tevlin at the hands of a self-admitted jihadist in an unprovoked attack on June 25.

New York radio personality Todd Pettengill, in a Wednesday morning broadcast on WPLJ-FM radio, criticized the American government and law enforcement for not bringing Tevlin's murder at the hands of Ali Muhammad Brown to national attention. He also criticized the national news media for their lack of attention to Tevlin's death.

Brown himself classified Tevlin's death and the deaths of the three men in Seattle in court documents as "justified kills of adult males, and not women, children or elderly people and that they were part of a 'vengeance' mission'."

Sign Up for E-News

The Essex County Prosecutor's Office repeatedly categorized Tevlin's death as "targeted." In fact, during Gov. Chris Christie's visit to Turtle Back Zoo on July 16, Sheriff Armando Fontoura said, "This young man's death was not a random act. We are making good progress on the case. ...You don't have to look over your shoulder...this is the safest neighborhood in New Jersey." Tevlin was killed only a few blocks from Turtle Back Zoo, located in the South Mountain Recreation Complex.

Brown was apprehended by West Orange police on July 18. On July 24, TAP into West Orange collected information from online sources claiming Brown was a terrorist.

On Aug. 4, the Essex County Prosecutor's Office announced the arrests of three individuals in connection with the death of Tevlin, 19, of Livingston: the shooter, Ali Muhammad Brown, 29, who has also been charged in the deaths of three men in Seattle; and Jeremy Villagran and Eric Williams, both 19, of West Orange. All pleaded not guilty.

The Essex County Prosecutor's Office,who have been leading the investigation into Tevlin's murder, will not provide any information regarding Brown and his self-proclaimed jihadist ties. On Aug. 21, Katherine Carter, public information officer for the Essex County Prosecutor's Office, told TAP into West Orange that "Under the ethics rules that apply to prosecutors in New Jersey, we are not permitted to discuss statements made by a suspect."

In late August, information was provided by the Seattle Prosecutor's Office regarding interviews with Brown at Essex County Correctional Facility. Court paperwork charging Brown in the slaying of Seattle resident Leroy Henderson noted comments regarding Tevlin, saying, "My mission is my mission between me and my lord. That's it...My mission is vengeance, for the lives, millions of lives are lost every day. All these lives are taken every single day by America, by this government," Brown continued. "So a life for a life."

In fact, all information regarding Brown has, for the most part, come from Seattle, and since the latest charges leveled against Brown, no information regarding the case, Brown, or the connection (or lack thereof) between Villagran, Williams, and a third assailant reportedly from East Orange and still unidentified, have been provided.

Pettengill himself posted on the Facebook page in honor of Tevlin, "Good Vibes and Easy Living: Remembering Brendan Tevlin," "I was honored to be "your voice" this morning. I know that our message was heard loud and clear thanks to all of you. The Tevlin family will remain in our hearts and prayers. God bless you all."  Pettengill categorized Tevlin's death as terrorism, saying, "The bottom line is this, domestic terrorism is already here, and we need to talk about it.” 

West Orange and Livingston residents were quick to react to the emotional radio show, which featured not only comments from Pettengill but call-in comments.

West Orange resident Jacky Crann, whose son Brian played in the Brendan Tevlin Lacrosse Festival on Aug. 2, posted, "Sitting in my car alone... listening to Todd Pettengill speak about #BrendanTevlin.... bawling my eyes out... God Bless you Brendan may you forever rest in peace."

Livingston resident Amy DiNicola, who grew up with members of the Tevlin family in South Orange said, "I hope we all remember that this was an act of terrorism, and not get sidetracked into making this a racial incident ~ we are Americans; Brendan was murdered by an extremist animal!!! Let's keep his beautiful spirit alive by honoring his motto ~ "Good Vibes & Easy Living" Remembering Brendan Tevlin ~ especially on the eve of September 11th! Love and hugs to my friends the Tevlins & the Magniers xoxoxo."

Former WOHS TAP team member and Rutgers freshman Chris Hanley noted: "The horrific event that occurred in my backyard is something that has stayed with me. Every late night drive home and every red light. I was never lucky enough to meet Brendan, however the more I have followed up on the story the more I feel connected. He lived, the same exact way in which my friends and I do. There is no reason why that could not have been any other college freshman driving around one of the most beautiful streets in West Orange at 12 midnight. I am increasingly disheartened at the stories our media chooses to cover. Brendan's story is one that should unify Americans (Not just people from Essex County). Domestic terrorism occurred whether we wish to believe it or not. Let's be a nation that assures this never happens again. #RIPBrendan."

Indeed, for every teen and every parent in the West Orange area, where Brendan Tevlin attended high school at Seton Hall Prep; for his hometown of Livingston and for friends and family in West Essex, South Orange, and Maplewood; and for the surrounding community, the pain and sadness of his senseless death will not soon be forgotten.

To listen to Pettengill's program, go to: http://www.plj.com/common/page.php?pt=brendan&id=31604&is_corp=0#sthash.8c6LyJkT.gbpl.

TAP Into Another Town's News:

You May Also Be Interested In

Sign Up for E-News

Berkeley Heights

Health Alert from Borough of Warchung

April 22, 2018

A kitten from a colony of free-roaming cats in an isolated area in the vicinity of New Providence Road was recently found deceased. Testing revealed that the kitten was infected by rabies. All known exposures to humans have been addressed and there are no known exposures to resident pets. If anyone has knowledge of exposures to cats in this area please notify the health department at ...

Students become composers, lyricists, writers in Musical Theater Company

BERKELEY HEIGHTS—Over the past few months, students in the Wharton Institute for the Performing Arts (WIPA) Musical Theater Company have been writing their own full length musical using stories from the Grimm Brothers to be showcased in two performances on June 9 in Wharton’s black box theatre. With the help of instructors Timothy Maureen Cole and David Seamon, the cast is using fairy ...

Tickets On Sale Now for “An Evening Of Shining Stars” at the Union County Performing Arts Center in Rahway on May 4

RAHWAY, NJ - One of the area's most anticipated events - "An Evening of Shining Stars" - featuring members of the special needs community from Cranford and around Union County will take place 7 p.m. Friday, May ...

Politics IS Government in Union County

April 22, 2018

After Bruce Patrson of Garwood was stopped from speaking at the Union County freeholder meeting of March 22 regarding the politics behind refusing to give the party line to a sitting freeholder I thought this brazen suppression of free speech could not go unanswered. A the the April 19 meeting I answered with these comments.

After ten years of following government in Union County I conclude ...

Thank You, St. Joseph's Volunteers

Thank You from St. Joseph Social Service Center

In recognition of National Volunteer Week, we would like to express our gratitude to the countless volunteers that serve the poor and homeless at St. Joseph Social Service Center in Elizabeth (http://www.sjeliz.org).  Whether you make a sandwich, collect toiletries, tutor in the job program, make soup, wrap Christmas gifts, donate food, ...

New Providence Borough Council to Cultivate Relationships with County Officials

April 12, 2018

NEW PROVIDENCE, NJ – Councilman Robert Robinson touted the importance of personal relationships with Union County representatives at the Monday, April 9 council meeting.

Union County Freeholders Angel Estrada and Bette Jane Kowalski attended the Street Smart campaign kick-off event prior to the meeting providing the council members with the opportunity to chat face-to-face with the two ...

Student Led #Rally4 Action to Protest Gun Violence Held Friday in Springfield

April 21, 2018

SPRINGFIELD, NJ - Fueled partially by their disappointment that students were not allowed to leave school for the nationwide student protest last month, student leaders planned a rally Friday on the nineteenth anniversary of the Columbine massacre in Colorado. At 4:30 p.m., students, parents, families, community members met at Chisholm Community Center to register voters, make ...

Student Led #Rally4 Action to Protest Gun Violence Held Friday in Springfield

April 21, 2018

SPRINGFIELD, NJ - Fueled partially by their disappointment that students were not allowed to leave school for the nationwide student protest last month, student leaders planned a rally Friday on the nineteenth anniversary of the Columbine massacre in Colorado. At 4:30 p.m., students, parents, families, community members met at Chisholm Community Center to register voters, make ...

Upcoming Events

Sun, April 22, 1:00 PM

17 Kent Place Boulevard, Summit

Self-Care Event

Health & Wellness

Sun, April 22, 1:00 PM

17 Kent Place Boulevard, Summit

Self-Care Event

Health & Wellness

Sun, April 22, 1:00 PM

Miller-Cory House Museum, Westfield

Sheep to Shawl Festival

Other

Sun, April 22, 1:00 PM

Miller-Cory House Museum, Westfield

Sheep to Shawl Festival

Education Other

Sun, April 22, 2:00 PM

New Providence Memorial Library, New Providence

Celebrate National Poetry Month @NPML

Arts & Entertainment

Carousel_image_ce82ab1b85dfc5de34a1_wipa_logo

Sun, April 22, 3:00 PM

Wharton Institute for the Performing Arts, Berkeley Heights

Wharton Institute for the Performing Arts ...

Arts & Entertainment