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UPDATE: Reward Offered for Information in Murder of Franklin Township Man

By rlsmetro on
Franklin Township (Somerset) FRANKLIN TWP., N.J. – Somerset County Prosecutor Michael H. Robertson, Somerset County Prosecutor’s Office Chief of County Detectives John W. Fodor and Franklin Township Public Safety Director Quovella M. Spruill announced that Crime Stoppers of Somerset County, Inc. is offering a reward of up to $2,500 for information leading to the identification and arrest of the individual(s) responsible for the homicide of Mr. Raphael Edwards, 27, Village Drive, Franklin Park. Prosecutor Robertson stated that on Tuesday, July 7, at approximately 11:52 p.m., Franklin Township Police responded to 9-1-1 calls reporting shots fired in the area of Village Drive, Franklin Park, New Jersey. Responding Officers located a male victim suffering from a gunshot wound in the area of Village Drive. Franklin Township Police Officers immediately began to administer lifesaving measures along with responding emergency medical personnel. The victim, identified as Raphael Edwards was transported to an area trauma center where he was subsequently pronounced deceased. Detectives from the Franklin Township Police Department, the Somerset County Prosecutor’s Office Major Crimes Unit, and the Crime Scene Investigations Unit, responded to conduct the investigation. The death has been ruled a homicide by the New Jersey Northern Regional Medical Examiner’s Office. Preliminary investigation is that the shooting was an isolated incident. Investigators are attempting to establish a motive.