NEWARK, NJ (PIX11)—Members of the Newark Police Department and loved ones of William C. Johnson Jr. paid their respects at a wake for the fallen police officer Wednesday. Dozens filed into the New Hope Baptist Church on Sussex Avenue to say goodbye to Johnson, who was shot to death last Thursday.
"He was a good man...he will be missed," PO Henry Watson, Johnson's partner, said.
Rasul McNeil-Thomas, 19, has been charged with first degree murder and was allegedly caught on various surveillance cameras located inside and outside the restaurant. He was also charged with car jacking, conspiracy and possession of a gun for unlawful purpose. Police are still looking for a second man in connection with the homicide. A $30,000 reward is being offered.
Johnson, 45, was a single father and lived in Newark. He is survived by his two daughters, ages 22 and 12. Johnson's brother-in-law, retired Essex County Police Officer Willie Smith, says Johnson was an attentive father who gave his daughters anything they wanted.
"He spoiled them...they are taking it hard...we have to pray for them today, tomorrow, and the next day, " Smith said.