NEWARK, N.J. (CBS 2/AP) – After he was on the run for four days, police have arrested a second suspect in the fatal shooting of a Seton Hall University student at a party last weekend.
Marcus Bascus of East Orange was tracked down and taken into custody in Wilkes-Barre, Pa., Wednesday afternoon.
He is charged with murder, conspiracy, attempted murder and weapons offenses.
Police say the 19-year-old Bascus provided a gun to 25-year-old Nicholas Welch after Welch was refused admittance to an off-campus Seton Hall party in East Orange.
They say Welch returned to the party and began shooting. Nineteen-year-old honors student Jessica Moore was killed and four people were injured.
Welch made his first court appearance Wednesday morning. Members of Jessica Moore’s family from Virginia were in attendance.
Moore’s aunt spoke of the sacrifice made by her niece when she stepped in front of the bullet meant for her best friend Nakeisha Vanterpool.
“Jessica’s act was love in its purest form – only the type that comes from our heavenly father,” the aunt said, “God has simply give her, her wings. Thank you Jessica for sharing your wings.”
A woman who said her name was “Ebony” and claiming to be the mother of Welch’s child said the stories that he was hiding in their house were not true.
“Actually he just picked his kids up from school…he was not hiding in the house. He actually came in and out quite frequently,” the woman said.
Bail for both men has been set at $2 million.
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