Prosecutor announces increase in reward for information about Donald Farrell killing

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On December 12, Gloucester County Prosecutor Sean F. Dalton announced the reward for conclusive information in the beating death of Rowan student Donald Farrell has been increased from $50,000 to $100,000.

Speaking at Rowan University in Glassboro and in Morristown, N.J., on December 12, Gloucester County Prosecutor Sean F. Dalton announced that the reward for conclusive information on a suspect or suspects in the fatal beating and robbery of Rowan student and Morris County resident Donald Farrell III has been increased from $50,000 to $100,000.

Appearing in news conferences at the Morris County Prosecutor's Office and later on the Rowan campus, where the 19-year-old Mr. Farrell was assaulted on Homecoming Weekend (October 27), Dalton said as the county's top law enforcement official he appreciated the support of Donald Farrell's family "during this difficult time, and Rowan University's continued assistance in efforts to solve this brutal crime."

Prosecutor Dalton was joined in Morristown by Donald Farrell Jr. and his wife, Kathy, parents of the victim and residents of Boonton Township in Morris County. They appealed for anyone with information about the attack on their son, particularly eyewitnesses who were companions of those who inflicted the blows, to come forward and tell what they know about "a heinous crime." They stressed that communications can be made anonymously.

It is believed that Mr. Farrell was approached by five males near Rowan's Triad apartment complex and that one or two of them attacked the student, punching and kicking him. A blow to the neck ruptured a blood vessel in his neck, causing death.

Contributors to the reward fund include Rowan University, the sheriff's offices of Morris and Gloucester counties, and the Gloucester County Prosecutor's Office. Rowan is posting $75,000 of the total.

A store security camera video of a suspect in the attack can be viewed on the Internet at the Web site of the Gloucester County Prosecutor (www.co.gloucester.nj.us) or on www.YouTube.com or www.MySpaceTV.com. He was wearing what appears to be a distinctive and expensive Coogi Heritage hoody.

Information about those responsible for the attack can be provided on a 24-hour tipline at (856) 307-7180 or online at mcu@co.gloucester.nj.us.

To view a video of the December 12th press conference at Rowan University, visit http://www.rowan.edu/open/flash/prosecutor/