Trenton man arrested for murder of Eric Rue

Mycol Beckett (left) is accused of killing Eric Rue (right)

Mycol Beckett (left) is accused of killing Eric Rue (right)

A city man with a history of being arrested for gun violence has been charged in connection with the murder of Eric Rue.

Mycol Beckett, 29, is charged with killing Rue last weekend near the corner of Morris and Commonwealth avenues.

Rue, 34, was found unresponsive and suffering from multiple gunshot wounds to his body in a vehicle parked near that intersection around 8 a.m. Saturday. He later died at the hospital.

As a result of the investigation, warrants were issued for Beckett’s arrest, charging him with murder and related weapons offenses. He was apprehended early Thursday morning during a motor vehicle stop by Trenton Police.

Beckett was arrested at least twice last year. He was charged with attempted murder in connection with a July 27, 2017, shooting that happened in the 100 block of Fairway Drive. A 17-year-old male suffered gunshot wounds to both of his legs that morning and was rushed to the hospital for emergency surgery. The victim told police he was in the area dropping someone off when he was shot. Twenty-three-year-old Edgar Williams was also charged in connection with that shooting.

Beckett was also arrested in June last year for drug distribution in the first block of Summer Street.

Rue’s Facebook profile says he was employed as an Automated Logistical Specialist in the United States Army. It’s unclear whether he served as active duty, a reservist, or in the Army National Guard. Attempts to reach his twin sister Erica were unsuccessful.

Beckett is being held at the Mercer County Correction Center pending a detention hearing regarding the murder charges.

Prosecutors have not disclosed a motive for the killing.

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