Pace University student Max Moreno, 21, was killed in his lower Manhattan apartment early Wednesday morning in an armed robbery, the New York Times reports.
Moreno was shot by an unidentified gunman shortly after selling marijuana to a couple, who left his home around midnight. According to detectives, Moreno refused the two assailants' request for money, and, after a struggle, was shot by one of them. Moreno was declared dead upon arrival at Bellevue Hospital Center. Apparently, the two escaped the scene with a locked box in tow.
Detectives are hoping that a surveillance tape will help them track down the killer, and are considering whether the drug buyers may have been "tipping off the assailants."
According to the New York Post, although Moreno did not have a criminal record, some of his classmates and neighbors knew him as a drug dealer. As one former student told the Post, "Everybody knew he was selling drugs, OC (Oxycontin) and weed...If people wanted drugs, you knew to hit up Max."
Moreno was due to graduate Pace University in June 2011 with a double major in the marketing department of the Lubin Business School, notes the Times. The Post further reports that Pace President Stephen Friedman offered "deepest sympathies to [Moreno's] family members and friends" and that he is "shocked and deeply saddened" by the event.
The investigation into the case is ongoing.