“I don’t know of anyone who did not like him,” his father John Micalizzi told the Daily News. “He was a standup guy. He was always a leader of the group.”
Micalizzi was a New Jersey Institute of Technology student who was targeted during a burglary at the frat house, NJIT President Joel Bloom said.
The 23-year-old, in his second year at the school, was studying mechanical engineering after transferring from Brookdale Community College. He was a dean’s list student, the school said.
According to NJ.com, Bloom said: “This is a tragic time for the student’s family, friends and the entire NJIT campus and we extend our thoughts and prayers to all affected.”
Micalizzi was transported to University Hospital at 5:02 a.m. where he was pronounced dead.
The Essex County Prosecutor’s Office Homicide and Major Crimes Task Force will take over the investigation; which, for the moment, has run cold, with no suspects identified and no arrests made.
A spokesman for the Essex County Sheriff’s Office said it’s offering up to $10,000 on top of NJIT’s initial $10,000 reward for information leading to an arrest in the shooting.
The investigation is active and ongoing. Anyone with information is asked to contact the Essex Couny Prosecutor’s Office Homicide/Major Crimes Task Force tips line at 1(877)TIPS-4-EC or 1(877)847-7432.