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Support is surging for a star athlete killed in a Route 9 crash earlier this week.

Asaivion Whiting, 17, a standout athlete on the Manalapan High School football team, was being remembered as soft spoken and polite. 

He dreamt of being a police officer, according to a GoFundMe page that had raised more than $23,000 as of April 21.

Whiting was a passenger in the 2004 Chevrolet Malibu, driven by a 17-year-old male from Howell, that changed lanes when the driver lost control and spun out around 10:40 p.m. on Tuesday, April 19, authorities said.

The vehicle ran off the road to the right side, striking a curb and several concrete bollards.  

The driver and two remaining passengers were taken to a local hospital. The driver and one passenger, a 15-year-old Manalapan girl, were treated for minor injuries and subsequently released. One other passenger, a 17-year-old Allentown male, remains held pending medical observation, the prosecutor said.

"All while playing his own season of football, he made the time to come down to the youth level and help at practices and games for his younger brother’s football team," the GoFundMe for Whiting reads. "He was extremely helpful to every coach and motivated the youth players at every game! They all looked up to him. Just inspiring."

The crash remains under investigation by the Monmouth County Prosecutor’s Office, Monmouth County SCART and Freehold Township Police Department.

Anyone who witnessed the crash or has information to assist the investigative team is urged to call Monmouth County Prosecutor’s Office Detective Brian Boryszewski at 800-533-7443, or Freehold Township Police Department Officer Alexander Fay at 732-462-7908.

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Brothers From Pittsfield Convicted In Luring, Shooting Death Of 18-Year-Old

Two brothers have been convicted in the luring and shooting death of an 18-year-old man from the region.

After more than two weeks of trial in Western Massachusetts, a jury in Berkshire County found Omar Pascual-Polanco, age 26, and Carlos Pascual-Polanco, age 22, both of Pittsfield, guilty of first-degree murder Thursday, Sept. 22, in the death of Jaden Salois.

The brothers were running a marijuana distribution operation through a fake social media account when they used it to lure Salois, of Dalton, from a home in Pittsfield early on Sunday, Jan. 20, 2019, the Berkshire DA’s Office said.

At around 2 a.m.,they shot Salois in the back, killing him.

The brothers then tried coming up with ways to avoid being prosecuted, which investigators later uncovered.

They were finally arrested in April 2019.

Prosecutors called more than 30 witnesses over the two-week trial and said they proved that the pair “acted premeditatedly in orchestrating the murder.”

In addition to first-degree murder, jurors convicted the Pascual-Polanco brothers of two counts of possessing a gun without a firearm ID (FID), two counts of possessing ammunition without an FID, and possessing marijuana with intent to distribute.

A third co-defendant, Dasean Smith, age 24, of Pittsfield, is also charged with murder in the killing and will be tried separately.

"I send my condolences to Jaden's loved ones. While nothing will bring him back, I am grateful that there is a measure of accountability for his cruel and senseless murder,” Berkshire DA Andrea Harrington said in a statement.

“Gun violence has no place in our community.”

First-degree murder convictions carry a sentence of life in prison without the possibility of parole.

Sentencing will be scheduled for a later date. 

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