Long Branch Man Indicted In Murder

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FREEHOLD – A Long Branch man has been indicted in the fatal shooting of 45-year-old Marco Moreira and the attempted murder of Fernanda Silva inside the Bom DMais restaurant in August.

Miguel L. Camara, 40, was indicted Wednesday and charged with first-degree murder, first-degree attempted murder, second-degree possession of a weapon for an unlawful purpose, second-degree unlawful possession of a weapon, fourth-degree aggravated assault by pointing a firearm, second-degree disarming a law enforcement officer, third-degree endangering the welfare of a child, and fourth-degree contempt.

According to police, Camara entered the restaurant on Aug. 21 where Silva, his ex-girlfriend, and Moreira, were seated with Silva’s two children, an 18-year-old son and 5-year-old daughter. He shot Moreira and attempted to shoot Silva but missed. Silva, her son and Camara wrestled for control of his gun.

A motorist flagged down Long Branch Officer George Samol, who entered the restaurant and ordered Camara to drop his weapon. Silva’s 18-year-old son was able to gain control of Moreira’s gun, but Moreira grabbed for Samol’s service weapon. Additional officers arrived and placed Camara under arrest.

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Moreira was pronounced dead at the scene.

Camara faces a minimum of 30 years in state prison without parole if convicted. The fourth-degree charge carries up to 18 months. The other charges carry 5-20 year sentences each.

Monmouth County Assistant Prosecutors Hoda Soliman and Emily Cartmell are assigned to this case.