Authorities Investigating Lakewood Homicide

crime scene investigationAuthorities are investigating what appears to be a homicide, the Ocean County Prosecutor’s Office announced today. ‎At about 12:06 am, Lakewood Police received a 911 call reporting a vehicle crash in the area of 1226 E. County Line Road.  The arriving Officers found a silver 2002 Chrysler Town & County minivan crashed head on into a tree. The driver of the minivan, a Hispanic male approximately 50 years of age, was unconscious and appeared to have suffered a gunshot wound.

He was transported to Jersey Shore Medical Center. Surgery performed there confirmed that he was the victim of a gunshot. The victim succumbed to his injuries and was pronounced dead at 2:31 am by Dr. Michael Knight from Jersey Shore Medical Center. He was identified as William Erazo Osorio, 50, Oak Glen Road, Howell, NJ.

The victim had in his possession a fake Maryland driver’s license. Therefore, his identity was not immediately confirmed.

Ocean County Prosecutor Det. Raymond Gardner and Lakewood Police Det. Nate Montgomery are the leads in this investigation. Anyone with information is urged to call the Ocean County Prosecutor’s Office at 732-929-2027 or the Lakewood Police Department at 732-363-0200.


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  1. This is what happens when slumlords fail to care about the community and continue to trash neighbourhoods with illegals, drug dealers, and criminals.

  2. Wow , well I see an individual who”s life was taken away and possibly murdered , People who continue to look down on others because of their race maybe you should move out of the county .. ( these Immigrants seem to have a heart more then others ) maybe if they passed the law then they will pay taxes like others ? until then pray for this mans family…

  3. Wow, did I miss where it was written that he was illegal or legal? Here’s an idea. He could be an AMERICAN of Hispanic decent.

    Shot? had to do with drugs or he had to be a criminal? Couldn’t have been accidental/self inflicted? Not sure where that was but driving himself to kimball?

    I carry my moms DE license in my wallet. Could confuse me for her by EMS.

  4. this is not to take sympathy away from the situation. But if you had someone shot in your backyard i don’t think you would be so quick to dismiss these concerns. these concerns are real and we have to live with them everyday!!

  5. My prayers go out to the family! As for “immigrant” I too didnt see it mentioned. There are many Americans who also get fake licenses because they are suspended.

    Many immigrants pay their taxes by legally requesting a pin number with the IRS and they can legally pay their taxes every yr. Many do this in order to facilitate their ability to become legal immigrants in the future.

    This man may have been a victim of mistaken identity, he may have witnessed a crime being commited, so many things could have hsppened- not fair to judge and assume

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