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Ex-Boyfriend Charged With Murder in South Brunswick

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Giver J. Vasquez Credits: Police photo
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The 2004 silver Volkswagen Passat police say Vasquez used to follow Alicia Martinez before allegedly shooting her to death in a parking lot of a Docks Corner Road business on Wednesday morning. Credits: Police photo
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The parking lot of the Docks Corner Road warehouse where Alicia Martinez, 24, of New Brunswick was shot to death on Wednesday morning. Police have arrested her ex-boyfriend and charged him in the killing. Credits: Ed Birch
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The parking lot of the Docks Corner Road warehouse where Alicia Martinez, 24, of New Brunswick was shot to death on Wednesday morning. Police have arrested her ex-boyfriend and charged him in the killing. Credits: Ed Birch
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SOUTH BRUNSWICK, NJ – Police arrested the ex-boyfriend of shooting victim Alicia Martinez Thursday night and charged him with her murder, officials said.

Police charged Giver J. Vasquez, 25, of New Brunswick, with murder, stalking, possession of a weapon and unlawful possession of a weapon in the killing.

According to police, Vasquez was traced to a friend’s home in New Hope, Pennsylvania, where he was taken into custody about 8 p.m. Thursday night.

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Police said that Vasquez and Martinez knew each other and the shooting was not a random act.

Martinez, 24, of New Brunswick, was gunned down in her car around 7 a.m. Wednesday morning in the parking lot of a Docks Corner Road warehouse where she worked.

Police scoured the area around the warehouse for the suspect after the killing, but did not locate anyone.

According to police, an investigation determined that Vasquez borrowed a friend’s 2004 Volkswagen Passat and allegedly followed Martinez to the parking lot, approached her while she sat in her car, fired several shots at her and then fled the scene.

He later abandoned the vehicle, police said.

Martinez died as a result of the shooting, according to an autopsy conducted Wednesday afternoon by the Middlesex County Medical Examiner.

Vasquez is being held at the Bucks County Correctional Facility in Doylestown, Pennsylvania on $2 million bail set in New Jersey.

Police said he would be extradited to New Jersey to face the charges, but did not know when that would take place.

The case is being investigated by South Brunswick Detective Monica Shearer and Middlesex County Prosecutor’s Office Detective Craig Marchak.

Middlesex County Prosecutor Andrew Carey thanked several law enforcement agencies for taking part in the investigation, including, the New Hope, New Brunswick and South Brunswick police departments.

It was the first murder in the township since Michael Maltese and his girlfriend, Nicole Taylor, killed his parents in a mobile home off Route 1 in Monmouth Junction in 2008.

The couple buried the bodies in a shallow grave at Beech Woods Park on Henderson Road before going on a shopping spree in New York with the victims’ credit cards.

Maltese, who was convicted of both murder and manslaughter for strangling both of his parents in the attack, is currently serving a 64-year prison sentence for the killings.

Taylor, who pleaded guilty to manslaughter and then cooperated with police, is serving a lesser sentence.

According to published reports, the last killing in the township involving a gun took place during an armed robbery at a Kendall Park convenience store in 1989, some 26 years ago.

That case has not been solved, according to the reports.

The violent crime rate has dipped, in recent years, to a 10-year low, according to statistics from the State Police’s annual Uniform Crime Report.

That drop allowed the community to be rated among the safest towns in the state, according to several organizations.

Anyone with information on the Martinez case, or who may have seen the Volkswagen Passat, is asked to call Detective Shearer at (732) 329-4646, or Detective Marchak at (732) 745-3254.

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