Middlesex County, NJ
Family and friends of Billy Karecki, who was fatally shot 9 times on September 13th, 2015 in the Cliffwood Beach section of Old Bridge NJ had set up a memorial for Billy at the scene of the crime. Among pictures, candles, and other items, a large cross was erected. The Kareckis stated that they had gained permission to erect this cross, but shortly after, a local mosque had complained of its existence. Once they were informed why the cross was there, they had said they wouldn't bring it up again. The cross had stood for approximately 2 months.
Billy's father, Ed Karecki had made a post on social media that he had went down to the site to begin removing items due to the threat of an oncoming Nor' Easter which is threatening to bring flooding waters to the area with high tidal surge. He went on to say that when he arrived there, he noticed the cross was gone. He had thought someone may have stolen it or even destroyed it.
Friends had even went to Craigslist to post an ad for anyone that may have any information on what had happened to the cross. Here is the ad:
"My buddies son was in the wrong place at the wrong time.. And he paid for that mistake with 9 bullet holes in his back. As you would imagine the family was devastated , And erected a memorial to there sons honor in the place were he was killed. My buddy called me and asked if i could build him a Cross to honor his son, And that we had permission to install it on public land. So I made this Cross as a sign of peace made with love, Then installed it a week later. Not longer after I installed it someone from the Mosk complained, But when they heard the reason why it stood were it stood they simply said they would never mention it again. But with all this greatness comes tragedy... Some one Stole the Cross.. Cut the steel pipes holding it to the ground and dragged it from were it was.. It is a 12 tall by 6 foot wide white Cross that weighs about 100 pounds.... Can you help us locate this Cross Stolen from union Beach ?. I feel it was taken as a sign of disrespect to the family and there is more to this story then any of us will ever know. I feel by finding the Cross we can find the killer.. We can never bring there son back, But please help me bring there Cross back thank you so much...."
Mr Ed Karecki then had posted today that he had been informed that the Middlesex County Parks Department had removed the cross due to a "complaint".
"Went Down and Picked up Billys Memorial Site before the Storm Floods everything ,!!!
Then Found Out That Middlesex County Parks Took Down The Cross Because of a Complaint !!!!! There Are Crosses all Over The County Great County we Live in !!!!!!!!!!!"
The murder of his son is still under investigation and as of yet, no arrests have been made.
I am curious to why this particular memorial was an issue when there are hundreds of them around Middlesex County. They are seen up and down County Roads and even State Highways marking a spot where an incident had taken a life, but yet this particular one was a "problem"
We will be reaching out to the Middlesex County Parks Department to ask them that very question. We will let you know what their response will be.
To the Karecki Family, We pray for your family, we pray that God will bring those responsible for this horrific crime be brought to justice. May the peace and comfort of our LORD be with you all.
"It is not the healthy who need a doctor, but the sick. I have not come to call the righteous, but sinners to repentance". Jesus Christ
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