Police arrested two men yesterday in connection with the shooting that killed a student at the New Jersey Institute of Technology on Monday. Joe Micalizzi, a 23-year-old transfer student who was studying mechanical engineering and had recently made the Dean's List, had been returning to the Tau Kappa Epsilon at about 3:20 a.m. that morning when he was shot in what police believed to have been a robbery.

Nafee Cotman, 18, and Taquan Harris, 22, are now facing charges of murder, robbery, burglary, and weapons-related offenses, authorities said yesterday. Their bails were both set at $1 million.

Police believe that Harris and Cotman broke into the fraternity house at about 3 a.m., attempting to steal cash, and encountered Micalizzi, who was returning from buying a late-night snack at a nearby deli. Micalizzi attempted to resist them, authorities said, but was shot in the hand and the head. He was taken to University Hospital, where he was pronounced dead just after 5 a.m.

Micalizzi's father told reporters that his son "worked hard, studying day and night for his engineering degree," and that there "isn't one bad thing to say about my son; everyone loved him." His sister said that "you weren’t allowed to be in a bad mood around Joe," and that while the arrests of Harris and Cotman offer some sense of closure, "it's not relief because it shouldn’t have happened." At a vigil held shortly after Micalizzi's death, his fraternity brothers remembered him as a "protector, a fighter" who "always lived life to the fullest."

Crime has increased in Newark recently: homicides were up eight percent last year, and last month, a student at Rutgers-Newark was fatally shot in an off-campus apartment, in what police believe was a drug-related robbery. The fraternity house where Micalizzi was shot had been robbed as recently as April, but police haven't said whether there was any connection between that robbery and Monday's shooting.

Following Micalizzi's death, his family and friends have set up a crowdfunding page to help cover the costs of his funeral. That page has raised over $18,000 so far, with donors remembering Micalizzi as "a soul changing human" who "never stopped smiling."