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UPDATE: New Brunswick Man Killed In Somerset Street Shooting Was Up-And-Coming Rapper

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Memorial placed outside Nu Trendz Hair Studio on Somerset Street, scene of a Sunday evening shooting which police said killed a New Brunswick man.

The 28-year-old New Brunswick man killed Dec. 29 at a Somerset Street barber shop was an up-and-coming rapper known as E-9.

Eric Andrews Jr. – who also went by the name E’An – was shot shortly before 6 p.m., police said. Police discovered his body outside the Nu Trendz Hair Studio, 563 Somerset St., after responding to a 911 call about the shooting.

Andrews was taken to the Robert Wood Johnson-University Hospital Trauma Center in New Brunswick, where he later died of his injuries.

Friends and family of Andrews expressed their outrage and sorrow over his murder on his Facebook page.

“i love dat man … im dyin inside,” wrote one friend, Shalonda McNair.

“My heart is in so much pain right now,” wrote another, named Dez Nichelle.

Several friends wrote tha12-29-13 somerset street shooting2t Andrews was planning to move from New Brunswick to Atlanta, Ga. next month.

Roccky Brb Robinson wrote, “he was moving here wit me end of this month.”

“U know that’s all he was talking about,” wrote Nichelle. “All he’s been talking about. Getting out of the hood, moving to ATL. This is a hard loss. Real hard.”

The shooting is being investigated by detectives from the Somerset Prosecutor’s Office Major Crimes Unit and Franklin Township police, Prosecutor’s Office spokesman Capt. Jack Bennett said.

12-29-13 somerset street shooting3A makeshift memorial was placed outside the barber shop early Dec. 30. The memorial consists of a potted plant, candles and a large piece of paper attached to the salon’s window, on which messages to Andrews are written.

Police ask that anyone with information about this incident contact the Somerset County Prosecutor’s Office Major Crimes Unit at (908) 231-7100; Franklin Township Police at (732) 873-5533; or the Somerset County Crime Stoppers’ Tip Line at (888) 577-TIPS (8477) or online at www.888577tips.org or www.scpo.net and click on either “Crime Stoppers” or TIPS Hotline”. All calls will be kept confidential.

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