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NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ—A city resident was found guilty of stalking and killing his 24-year-old ex-girlfriend, Alicia Martinez-Izaguirr, as she arrived for work on the morning of June 24, 2015.
Giver Quiroz-Vasquez was convicted of the killing after a jury trial, and will now face between 30 years and life in prison when he is sentenced on January 18 by Superior Court Judge Pedro J. Jimenez, Jr.
Though both the victim and assailant were from New Brunswick, the murder took place in the South Brunswick Township, where it was reportedly the first shooting death in 26 years.
According to an article on Patch.com, Martinez-Izaguirr moved from Honduras to New Brunswick when she was 15.
As reported by Patch.com reporter Carly Baldwin:
Martinez’s family say they want her to be remembered as a hard-working young immigrant, who came to the U.S. ultimately for a better life….
“She worked when she came to this country,” said Clary. “She went to school, she studied and she had permission to work, so she worked also.”
“She was very good person,” she continued. “A very cheerful person; she never did anything to anyone. She was beautiful.”
The 28-year-old killer was also known as Gilberto Juarez-Vasques and Erick Morales Sandi.
In addition to stalking and murder charges, Vasquez was also found guilty of unlawful possession of a weapon and possession of a weapon with a purpose to use it unlawfully against another person.
According to a press release from the Middlesex County Prosecutor’s Office (MCPO), two Assistant Prosecutors made the case that the killer tracked down the victim before fatally shooting her:
During the trial, Middlesex County Assistant Prosecutor Bina Desai and Middlesex County Assistant Prosecutor Simret Michael presented evidence and testimony showing Vasquez followed the victim from her new boyfriend’s house, waited for her while she stopped at Dunkin Donuts and fired at her car when she turned onto Docks Corner Road in South Brunswick, but missed. He then proceeded to follow her into the parking lot at 241 Docks Corner Road, where she worked, walked up to her car window and shot her twice in the head before fleeing the area.
The statement credited “an intensive investigation” by South Brunswick Police Department’s Monica Shearer and MCPO Detectives Craig Marchak and Grace Brown.
Quiroz-Vasquez had apparently driven a 2004 silver Volkswagen Passat he had borrowed from a friend, using it to follow the victim, and to flee before abandoning it.
According to authorities, the killer was “traced the next day” to the home of “an acquaintance” in New Hope, Pennsylvania, a town bordering New Jersey and the location of his ultimate arrest.
Charlie is the founder and editor of New Brunswick Today, and the winner of the Awbrey Award for Community-Oriented Local Journalism. He is a proud Rutgers University journalism graduate, a community organizer, and a former independent candidate for mayor of New Brunswick.