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Murder In Your Backyard

Man sentenced to life in prison for South Brunswick murder

Middlesex County Prosecutor Andrew C. Carey and South Brunswick Police Chief Raymond Hayducka announced a New Brunswick man was sentenced yesterday to serve the remainder of his life in a New Jersey state prison for stalking and fatally shooting his ex-girlfriend in South Brunswick on June 24, 2015.

Giver Quiroz-Vasquez, “aka” Gilberto Juarez-Vasques, “aka” Erick Morales Sandin, 28, was sentenced in New Brunswick by Superior Court Judge Pedro J. Jimenez Jr. to life in a New Jersey State prison.

The sentence was imposed after Vasquez was found guilty by a jury on all counts, on October 4, 2017, for stalking and fatally shooting Alicia Martinez-Izaguirr, 24, of New Brunswick. He was also found guilty of unlawful possession of a weapon and possession of a weapon with a purpose to use it unlawfully against the person of another.

Vasquez received the life sentence for the conviction on the first degree murder of his ex-girlfriend. The sentences on the stalking and possession charges were merged into the life sentence.

During a 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. 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.  

Vasquez was traced the next day to New Hope, Pa., where he fled to in a borrowed car, and was arrested during an extensive investigation by South Brunswick Detectives Monica Posteraro, Eric Tighelaar, Dennis Yuhasz, and Middlesex County Prosecutor’s Office Detectives Craig Marchak and Grace Brown.

Chief Hayducka said, “This team of detectives and prosecutors could not reverse the tragic loss of this young life, but their efforts made sure her killer would never walk free again.”  
Editor’s Note: What’s missing is the beautiful face/photo of the victim. We don’t ask for this, it happens…and often, in our own backyard. We got the news this morning, and it was just up the street from our Red Dashboard LLC Publications office.

Moving Beyond Mars (anthology): A Voice for Victims/Survivors of Abuse, domestic and sexual

New books by Nicole Yurcaba and Derrick Paulson

Our managing editor-Elizabeth Akin Stelling and poetry editors were excited to have received Nicole Yurcaba’s Hollow Bottles and an up coming novel manuscript this past summer, after meeting her at the 2015 BIPF (Bridgewater International Poetry Festival). She is not only as one blurb describes her, into Goth, but her words reflect her love for her Ukrainian heritage and her admiration for writing itself show in each line. She is now a professor of English at the very college for whom hosts the festival every two years. You can hear her read this coming January 12-15, 2017.


New books for July

This month, Red Dashboard has published our second book by Smokey Culver and our third book by Rodney Nelson and we welcome our new authors, Kevin Casey and Geoff “Poppa Mac” Mackay.  So now available for your enjoyment:

  • Smokey Culver –  Ridin’ Shotgun
  • Rodney Nelson – Ahead of Evening
  • Kevin Casey – For The Sake Of The Sun
  • Poppa Mac Mackay – Stories From My Side Of The Campfire