Final farewell to Ruben Martinez

July 5, 2008 7:09:22 PM PDT
Family members, classmates, and friends all filed into Saint Mary's Roman Catholic church in Wharton to say a final farewell to Ruben Martinez. The 21-year old was shot and killed by a Denville police officer who pulled him over for speeding but this police involved shooting sits heavy on his best friend Brandon's shoulders because the details are still very vague.

"I feel empty inside it really hurts," Brandon said. "It really hurts."

Martinez was shot five times by police officer Richard Byrne, Jr. After Byrne pursued him for about a block near Franklin Road and Martinez crashed his car.

"He always there when you needed him," friend Charles Rowan said. "It's a sad thing."

"He was a great kid," Tim Laughlin said. "I used to camping with him and his family."

While family and friends share stories about the good times with Ruben they're still searching for answers.

"I want justice," friend Brandon Rivas said. "He didn't deserve what he got."

The Morris County prosecutor is looking into whether the shooting was justified. This while officer Byrne is on leave with a shoulder injury.

Martinez was an auto mechanic who graduated from Morris Knolls High School he moved to Laredo Texas and was in town for his brother's high school graduation. His family plans to cremate him.


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