A 16-year-old boy has been arrested and charged for his role in the murder of 19-year-old Dariel Vernet in Asbury Park last week, announced Acting Monmouth County Prosecutor Lori Linskey.

The name of the arrestee is being withheld, Acting Prosecutor Linskey explained, because he is a minor.

Nevertheless, he has had juvenile complaints of murder and two related weapons offenses filed against him following his arrest and he remains in custody, pending his next court appearance.

The investigation into the homicide last Friday afternoon led to identifying the 16-year-old as the suspect responsible for Vernet's death.

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Asbury Park police vehicle (Bud McCormick)
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Asbury Park Police responded after a report of gunfire came in from the 100 block of Prospect Avenue near the Atlantic Avenue intersection around 5:45 pm

Vernet of Asbury Park, who had sustained multiple gunshot injuries, was brought to Jersey Shore University Medical Center, where he died about an hour later.

Acting Prosecutor Linskey said that the investigation was led by members of the Monmouth County Prosecutor’s Office’s Major Crimes Bureau and Asbury Park Police Department.

If you have any information on this murder, you're urged to contact MCPO Detective Christopher Guy at 800-533-7443 or Asbury Park Police Department Detective Anthony Troublefield at 732-774-1300.

This case has been assigned to Monmouth County Assistant Prosecutor Caitlin J. Sidley.

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