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Thursday, May 12, 2005

Please Pray For Gateway Volunteer, Vera Porter

Joan Vitale, Gateway associate director, writes:

"One of our volunteers, Vera Porter, tragically lost her grandson, Erik Porter Reed this past Friday, May 6th. Erik was only 25 years old. He was shot leaving his girlfriends home at the Mrvalag Manor(Elizabeth, NJ)at about 1:50 a.m.

Please pray for the family. Pray for the Comforter to bring peace and comfort to them during this most painful loss.

The funeral was held today - there was no viewing.. Vera's address is 701 Cranford Avenue, Apt. 306, Linden, NJ 07036."

Below is the news story:

Police searching for Elizabeth man's killer. Police are trying to find out who shot an Elizabeth man in the back of his head and why, authorities said today.

Eric Justin Porter Reed, 25, of Summer Street, was found lying along the curb of Clarkson Avenue shortly before 2 a.m., said Lt. Gary Lewis. Reed was bleeding profusely from the back of his head and died minutes later, at about 2:09 a.m., Lewis said.

The incident happened in front of building 27-29 Mravlag Manor, a public housing complex on Clarkson Avenue. Witnesses said several shots were fired, and police found some shell casings at the scene, Lewis said. The motive was still unknown as of today, and there was no indication that the victim knew his killer, Lewis said.

Police are looking for a short black male, possibly with dread locks, wearing a gray, hooded sweatshirt and jeans.

While Reed was shot in the back of the head, it was not done execution style, Lewis said.

Anyone with information is asked to contact detective Tom Koczur at (908) 558-2048 or detective Tom Dubeau at (908) 558-2045. Star Ledger (NJ) - - Jennifer Golson

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