As the Rutgers community mourns the tragic murder of former student, Billy McCaw, law enforcement officials continues to search for any evidence that may lead to an arrest.
It’s been a week since McCaw’s body was found dead in the snow behind a home in New Brunswick, New Jersey.
Friends who live at the house where Billy’s body was found just can’t bring themselves to discuss the sad situation.
“Just don’t feel like it, I don’t even like to talk about it,” one resident said.
Kurt Patzelt lives relatively close to where the murder took place and he said that many of the students seem shell-shocked by the murder.
“I haven’t personally heard a lot of people talking about it. I mean my personal opinion is that when stuff like that does happen and it is local, it feels more real, you almost don’t want to accept it,” he explained.
There seems to be a big gap in crime statistics for students living on campus compared to those who live off campus. Between 2011 and 2012 there were 353 assaults and 11 murders in the town of New Brunswick, while on the Rutgers campus there were ten assaults and zero murders.
Meanwhile, friends and family gathered for McCaw’s viewing and wake in his hometown of Hillsborough, New Jersey.
A close friend of McCaw’s, Mike Cellitti, talked about how things at school just aren’t the same right now. ”Everything’s getting a little bit better, we’re happy that this is happening just for a little bit of closure, but the candle lighting ceremony we did on Wednesday was probably one of the best experiences I ever had. It was great to see how many people came out and cared. Campus life is a little bit different ya know, everyone’s trying to go out and see but it’s not the same without him,” he said.
His family expressed that they don’t seek vengeance, that they seek justice and just want answers.Watch Chasing New Jersey weeknights at 10pm on My9 and don’t forget to like us on Facebook!