Newark Detective Michael Morgan, Shot To Death During Robbery, Laid To Rest

NEWARK, N.J. (CBSNewYork) – More than 1,000 police officers from all over the country paid tribute to a Newark police detective killed while trying to protect someone else.

Members of the Newark Police Department carried the body of 32-year-old Detective Michael Morgan Jr. at his funeral at Saint Lucy’s Church Saturday.

Morgan died a hero, which was not surprising to those who knew him, who say his job was always his calling.

“This is what he wanted all his life to do,” said friend George Krusznis of Belleville. “Huge loss for all of us. He was a really, really good man.”

Morgan was off-duty when he was murdered at walking a dancer to her car at Sunrise Gentlemen’s Club in Paterson. That’s when, police say, Jerome Wright and girlfriend Nashali Gadson tried to rob the woman.

Morgan intervened, but was gunned down and later died at the hospital.

His grieving family and members of the Newark PD said their final goodbyes to the young man who was quickly moving through the ranks.

“He was one of the best, the better cops that I’ve known. If something was occuring, he would be the first one to respond and back you up and he was there, and it was a great feeling to know he was by your side,” said Sgt. Louis Cantel.

Morgan’s brother Vincent eulogized him, calling him a friend and a father figure.

“How posied he was, how strong he was, I just can’t get over how he put it all together and got through it all,” Krusznis said of Vincent.

The two suspects are still in Pennsylvania being held on a $1.5 million bail each. If found guilty, they could face 30 years to life behind bars. The prosecutor says the investigation continues and that they may be looking for other suspects.

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  1. RUSS HENRY says:

    KNOWING THAT THE GIRL COULD BE AT RISK HE DID WHAT ANY RESPONSIBLE PERSON WOULD DO. BEING A LEO HE IS NEVER REALLY OFF DUTY. IF IT WAS YOUR SISTER I THINK YOU WOULD HAVE BEEN GLAD HE WAS THERE. GOD SPEED MY FRIEND

  2. Better Mouse Trap says:

    Strip joints with pole dancers are such sleazy places, but they are great Mouse Traps for cops who like women of this ilk. Sleep with fleas, wake up with fleas. In this case the officer never woke up. RIP.

  3. Rick Schwab says:

    God Bless Michael Moragan and his family; and the Newark Police Department. Let this man;s life and sacrifice be an inspiration to you all!

  4. Busted says:

    Yes a sad situation , but more sad for his wife for the way he died walking a dancer to her car ??

    1. OTJ says:

      You truly are a moron. Whatever he did in his personal life is HIS business. The fact still remains that he still TOOK ACTION. I hope you never find yourself on the other end of a loaded weapon. I’m sure you won’t be thinking of the officer’s personal life at that time.

    2. anonymous lady NwkPD says:

      he was a single man, not married nor in a committed relationship with anyone smart *ss..

      1. anonymous lady NwkPD says:

        above message was for “busted” who is attempting to tarnish Morgan reputation somehow, get a life will ya.

  5. Ellen says:

    No this family will never find closure , but faith will pull them through this terrible time in their lives. Remember God has a greater life for us and at some time we must stop mourning the death of our loved ones and celebrate their lives. It’s a dishonor to them to do otherwise.

  6. capt bill's daughter says:

    rest in peace detective morgan.my deepest sympathies to his family and friends, and the newark pd family. my dad was nypd for 30+ years, and as a member of the extended long blue line, i am saddened by the loss. as a grandmother cried years ago, “a mother shouldn’t have to bury her children.” my heart aches for your loss especially mrs. morgan. may justice be served to bring peace to those who lost a son, brother, friend, for there will always be memories, but never closure.

  7. Meme Meyagi says:

    what is done about 7 million mooslime terrorists living in usa?

    1. honorable? says:

      Let’s not confuse honor with something else. Single or not, who can say what his motive was? Answer me this : would he be walking an 80 year old woman across the street?

      1. Minnie696 says:

        Yes he would. I have known the Morgan family for over 30 years. Went to school with all the Morgan kids. that is how he was raised. To be a perfect gentleman.!

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