Police renew efforts to solve 2007 Christmas Eve murder in Asbury Park

ASBURY PARK, New Jersey (WABC) -- Ten years after a murder that remains unsolved, police in New Jersey are renewing their efforts to catch the suspect.

It happened in the hallway of 35-year-old Cesar Torralba's apartment building in Asbury Park on Christmas Eve in 2007.

Police say the husband and father of two was getting home from the supermarket after buying his family a holiday meal.

His wife says she looked through the apartment's peephole and saw a man point a gun at Cesar and demand his money.

She says she tried to find her phone to call police, but the man had already opened fire.

She ran to the door and out of the apartment to find her husband lying on the hallway floor, unconscious and bleeding.

Torralba was pronounced dead at Jersey Shore University Medical Center

Investigators have continued to re-visit the case and are turning to the public to help provide any new information.

"As police officers and prosecutors we are sworn to treat each and every murder case and victim the same; we strive to do that each and every day and with each and every loss of life," Monmouth County Prosecutor Christopher Gramiccioni said. "However, some cases are just so senseless and gut-wrenching that it demands special attention. Cesar Torralba's widow and his two now-teenage daughters deserve answers and they deserve justice."

Anyone who has any information on the case is asked to contact Detective Jose Cruz of the Monmouth County Prosecutor's Office at 800-533-7443 or Detective Gabriel Carrasquillo of the Asbury Park Police Department at 732-774-1300.

Monmouth County Crime Stoppers will pay up to $5,000 for information leading to an arrest or conviction of a criminal.

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