BURLINGTON, NJ – Family and friends gathered Tuesday night to honor the life of Dominick Santiago, 40, who was murdered last Thursday in the city of Burlington.
Officers on patrol heard gunshots early Thursday around 3 a.m. and responded to the 500 block of Linden Avenue. Upon arrival, they found Santiago, 40, inside an SUV. He was shot multiple times, before being rushed to Cooper University Hospital where he died a short time later, authorities said.
“It’s quite difficult for me. I’ve never had a dead child. They say the mother is supposed to die before her children,” Santiago’s mother Carolyn Correa-Bryant said.
Dozens of people gathered at Pennypacker Park School in Willingboro where Santiago, also known as “Goya”, went to as a child and grew up in the area. His family is still searching for answers to his murder as investigators search for a motive.
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Santiago’s mother describes him as funny, spoiled, a sharp dresser and a fun-loving guy. She said he is a dad who would have given you the shirt and aspires to own a business and one day become a lawyer.
“Now he’s gone and all I ask is that people all get along. All this violence in the streets is too much. People are dying. Little children are dying,” he said. said Correa-Bryant.
Officials said Bryant Williams, 35, a resident of the city of Burlington, was arrested Friday night and charged with first-degree murder and other related charges. He is being held at the Burlington County Jail pending a detention hearing.
Police are urging anyone with information regarding the shooting to contact them by calling the Information Line at 609-386-0262 ext. 211 or Burlington County Central Communications at 609-265-7113. Additionally, tips may be submitted to firstname.lastname@example.org or through Burlington City’s anonymous tip line, here.