FREEHOLD – As investigations continue into the fatal shootings that claimed the lives of three local men in recent months, authorities are issuing an urgent appeal to the public for more information that could help make a difference in the identification and location of suspects and arrests.

“One of them had just been hanging out with his friends. Another had just had dinner with his mother. A third had just stopped by his parents to say hello and was on his way to see his girlfriend,” Linskey said. “Each of these men had people who loved them dearly and every reason to look forward to many more years of happiness and prosperity – and each had everything taken from them in a sudden and violent way.”

The three fatal shootings, which are believed to be in no way connected, unfolded as follows:

  • Members of the Neptune Township Police Department responding to a report of a shooting shortly before 11 p.m. on Saturday May 14 found Marques Mills, 39, of Neptune Township, inside a vehicle at the intersection of Hillview Drive and Edgemere Road, after sustaining multiple gunshot wounds. He was then transported to Jersey Shore University Medical Center, where he was pronounced dead on the morning of Sunday, May 15.
  • Members of the Neptune Township Police Department responding to a location off Route 35 South following a report of a shooting shortly before 1:45 a.m. on Monday, July 4 found 26-year-old Ayres Gray, Jr. , of Manalapan, in a vehicle parked on South Concourse, with multiple gunshot wounds. Gray was rushed to Jersey Shore University Medical Center, where he was pronounced dead about an hour later.
  • Members of the Asbury Park Police Department responded to a report of gunshots originating from the 1600 block of Sewall Avenue shortly before 7:30 p.m. on Thursday July 28. Upon arriving at the scene, officers met Kyshon Washington-Walker, 33. of Shrewsbury, who had suffered multiple gunshot wounds. He was transported to Jersey Shore University Medical Center, where he was pronounced deceased a short time later.

The mothers of the three recently personally shared with members of our office the memories of their sons – and their utter devastation at having lost them.

Gray’s mother recalled that he loved his family and friends deeply and unconditionally. Washington-Walker, affectionately nicknamed “Butey” by those close to him, had a smile that lit up any room he was in, according to his mother, and had just started a new job he loved, as a certified firefighter. by the state. Inspector. Mills’ mother expressed deep pride in how her son transformed his life and body through fitness, becoming both a certified personal trainer and fitness apparel design entrepreneur.

“These families, each of whom will never be the same again, deserve justice for the loss of their loved ones. It is absolutely certain that there are individuals currently in possession of information that would open the door wide to each of these cases,” Acting Prosecutor Linskey said. “We would tell them 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 Marques Mills shooting is asked 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 Kyshon Washington-Walker shooting is asked 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 other crime can submit a report to Monmouth County Crime Stoppers by calling their confidential hotline 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), calling 800-671-4400 or visiting the website at address www.monmouthcountycrimestoppers.com .