Authorities on Wednesday announced a reward of up to $10,000 for tips leading to an arrest and conviction in the killing of a man who was gunned down in front of his wife and 8-year-old son during an apparent robbery attempt outside his Irvington apartment.
Essex County Sheriff Armando Fontoura's Crime Stoppers program offered the reward in the murder of Marco Angamarca-Yupa, 29, according to officials.
Two assailants apparently confronted Angamarca-Yupa around 11 p.m. Monday after he arrived at his apartment in the 800 block of Grove Street, family members previously said. Angamarca-Yupa's wife and young son were with him when he was shot.
Angamarca-Yupa, who is from Ecuador and moved to the area about four years ago, was fatally shot, according to the Essex County Prosecutor's Office. The circumstances surrounding the slaying remained unclear.
Prosecutor's office spokeswoman Katherine Carter said the agency had no updates on the investigation Wednesday afternoon. Investigators believe more than one person was involved, but did not confirm accounts provided by the slain man's family or area residents.
"The child, he saw everything happen," said Pedro Qubzada, the family's landlord.
Candles were left at the scene of the shooting in the apartment driveway Tuesday and police stationed officers near the home.
The killing marked Irvington's sixth homicide of the year compared to four murders in 2016, according to records.
Irvington reported 227 robberies, including 123 holdups that involved a firearm, as of October this year, records from the New Jersey State Police show. Last year, the township of approximately 54,000 people logged 128 gunpoint holdups out of 236 robberies in the same period.
Anyone with information on Monday's killing was urged to call the prosecutor's office Homicide/Major Crimes Task Force tips line at 1-877-847-7432 or 1-877-TIPS-4EC.
Taylor Tiamoyo Harris and Karen Yi contributed to this report.
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