NEWARK — The New Jersey Institute of Technology student killed inside his fraternity house early Monday morning attempted to fight off two burglars before the fatal shots were fired, NJ Advance Media has learned.
According to multiple police sources who asked not to be identified because they were not authorized to speak publicly, 23-year-old Joseph Micalizzi was inside the Tau Kappa Epsilon house when the intruders entered through a rear door just after 3 a.m.
After a struggle, they fired multiple shots, striking Micalizzi in the hand and head. He was pronounced dead at University Hospital shortly after 5 a.m.
A Freehold native, Micalizzi had transferred to NJIT to pursue a mechanical engineering degree after two years at Brookdale Community College. He began living at the fraternity house, and made the Dean’s List during the fall semester.
In a Facebook post, fellow Howell High School graduate Joe Racugglia called him”a good man and one of the nicest people I had the pleasure of knowing in high school.”
Awful story out of NJIT. 23 year old Joe Micalizzi killed in his own frat house by some low life scum looking to steal stuff.
NJIT’s president, Joel Bloom, called it “the worst tragedy” in his 25 years of working at the school. He said two people broke into the Tau Kappa Epsilon fraternity house on Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard through a back door and went upstairs to a third-floor room where Micalizzi was awake and apparently studying for final exams.
“They were there to steal his property, any electronics,” Bloom said. “And in cold blood, because he wouldn’t give up some cellphone or laptop, he was killed.” [North Jersey]
Not even a wrong place, wrong time situation – he was literally in his home, up late cramming for a final like we’ve all done a billion and one times. RIP.
Hope they catch the pieces of shit and let each TKE member have a free shot with a baseball bat before the life sentence gets handed down.