By: Yuritza Arroyo
Monmouth County authorities announced that two local men were charged in connection with the fatal shooting that took place in Asbury Park on February 2.
According to officials, Eddy Vilus, 30, and Quamere M. Smith, 31, both of Asbury Park, were charged with the shooting death of God Allah, 21, also of Asbury Park.
Officials say Vilus was arrested on Friday, February 10, and both he and Smith were each charged with one count of first-degree Murder, one count of first-degree Conspiracy to Commit Murder, one count of second-degree Unlawful Possession of a Weapon, one count of second-degree Possession of a Weapon for an Unlawful Purpose, one count of second-degree Conspiracy to Commit Arson, one count of third-degree Hindering Apprehension of Oneself, one count of third-degree Hindering Apprehension of Another and one count of third-degree Theft.
Authorities say Smith was presented with his charges at the Monmouth County Correctional Institution (MCCI) as he was detained on charges stemming from a separate incident.
At approximately 2:15 p.m. on Thursday, February 2, Asbury Park Police responded to the area of Ridge and Springwood Avenues for a report of shots fired.
According to Police, at that location, officers located Allah, who had sustained a gunshot wound. He was transported to Jersey Shore Regional Medical Center, where he was pronounced deceased shortly before 2:45 p.m.
An investigation involving members of the MCPO Major Crimes Bureau and Asbury Park Police Department revealed that Vilus and Smith were responsible for the murder of Allah.
The Hindering charges stem from the destruction of evidence by Smith.
Vilus and Smith are being held at the MCCI pending their detention hearings.