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.

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.