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Nia Haqq -Mike Muchioki


Slain Jersey City couple had just returned from their engagement party

By Charles Hack/The Jersey Journal

April 04, 2010, 4:35PM

'A Frozen Moment of the Past'


Michael Muchioki, 27 and his fiancee, Nia Haqq, 25, of Jersey City, were slain early this morning in what authorities are characterizing as a botched carjacking.
The families of a Jersey City couple are grieving after the two young peoplewere killed during what authorities are describing as a botched carjacking.

Michael Muchioki, 27 and Nia Haqq, 25, had just returned from their engagement party in New Brunswick when they were gunned down at around 3 a.m. this morning a few doors down from their Randolph Avenue home.

"There were great together," Amanda Muchioki, 31, said about her brother and Haqq.

Erastus Muchioki, 58, Michael's father, called the killers "animals."

"They did not need to do this. This was done in cold blood," Erastus Muchioki added.

Having returned from their engagement party in New Brunswick, Muchioki and Haqq, had just parked her sports utility vehicle when they were approached by a man and two women, officials and family said.

They were each shot twice. Both were shot once in the head, Hudson County Prosecutor Edward DeFazio said. They are the 10th and 11th murder victims in Hudson County this year.

The killers, who fled in a gold Grand Am, never stole Haqq's Honda CRV because of an anti-theft device, he said.

Michael Muchioko worked for a software group in Downtown Jersey City, his family said.
He was a member Alpha Phi Alpha fraternity at New Jersey's Science & Technology University and had been dating Haqq for five years after meeting her at Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, his family said.

Haqq worked for an affiliate of Nickelodeon, his sister said.

They had gotten engaged in December and were planning to marry in April next year. Muchioki, who loved the Dallas Cowboys, played football for Marist High School in Bayonne, his family said.

Prior to high school, he attended a Lutheran private school in Jersey City, family members said.

Muchioki's mother Sandra Muchioki, who was in Florida helping her parents, found out her son was dead by phone. She is flying back this afternoon, family members said.

"He was a very outgoing guy with a lot of friends," Erastus Muchioki, who lives around the corner from the couple, said about his son. "We just miss him."

Neighbors were also shocked. 

"I have lived here thirty-something years. "It's so quiet around here until this," said one neighbor. "This knocked me for a loop."

Authorities believe that the victims were shot during an unsuccessful carjacking based on the crime scene and witness statements, DeFazio said.

Police believe the car could not be moved because it had anti-theft device. Anyone with information should contact the Prosecutor's Office at (201) 915-1345.

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