Two Teens Arrested In The Fatal Shooting Of Post University Basketball Player

By Tiffany Williams –

A 16-year-old  from Pennington, NJ, and a 17-year-old Hopewell, NJ, were arrested on Friday in the fatal shooting of 20-year-old Philip Urban.

The Mercer County Prosecutor’s Office confirmed that both teens were arrested, and both were charged with murder, felony murder, robbery, and weapons offenses. 

The teens will are currently being held at the Middlesex County Youth Detention Center pending detention hearings.

On December 17, 2022, Hopewell Township Police responded to Hopewell Valley Nature Preserve off of Harbourton-Woodsville Road. 

“Responding officers located a white Mercedes C300 on a trail with a male slumped over in the driver’s seat. The victim, later identified as Urban, 20, of Manalapan, was transported to Capital Health Regional Medical Center where he was pronounced dead from a gunshot wound a short time later,” said Mercer County Prosecutor’s Office. “Investigation revealed that the juveniles planned to rob Urban of a quarter-pound of marijuana for $800. It is alleged that both defendants participated in the preparation, murder and coverup. Urban was lured to the gravel entry to the nature preserve where he was robbed of the marijuana, then shot and killed.”

Urban was a freshman member of the men’s basketball team at Post University in Waterbury, Connecticut.

In a tweet on Twitter, Marc Kuntz head basketball for Post University said,’This past weekend we lost one of our own to a tragedy. Phil, you will be missed by the entire Post community and especially your teammates and coaches. My condolences to the Urban family. Please join me in praying for his family! Gone too soon.”

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