Skip to main content
  1. News
  2. Top News

College student found beaten to death in New Jersey backyard

See also

The college student who was found beaten to death in a New Jersey backyard on Saturday morning is remembered by his friends at Rutgers today. 22-year-old William McCaw, who is identified as a college student by “Fox and Friends” live on Monday morning Feb. 17, was found dead in the snow with injuries that suggest he received a horrendous beating that ended his life.

McCaw was found in the backyard of a New Brunswick home, but he had no connection to the people who lived in the house. It is not known were the beating took place at this time.

NBC News reports Monday that McCaw “previously attended Rutgers” but would often return to New Brunswick to visit friends. He was attending Keene University at the time of his death, transferring to that school from Rutgers. The deceased young man was originally from Gallatin, Tennessee.

The official cause of death was not released, but prosecutors say he “suffered blunt force trauma” and that he was pronounced dead at the scene. Rutgers students who knew “Billy” posted their thoughts about their friend on their Facebook pages and from all accounts so far, he was a well-liked young man.

Students have questioned why someone would want to kill McCaw, who was considered a “selfless individual who always gave the impression that he cared,” which was posted on Rutgers' Pi Kappa Phi chapter's Facebook page.

Police used dogs to search the area where McCaw’s body was found. The dogs lead police to a location down the street from where McCaw’s bludgeoned body was discovered, but it is not known if they found anything or not.

Rutgers students living near the home where McCaw’s body was found are unsettled by this news, finding it “scary” to live so close to a location where someone was killed, reports Rommel Espina, a student who resides not far from where McCaw was found.



  • Baseball Hall of Fame
    The Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown welcomes six new inductees
  • 2012 do-over
    If we were to re-do the 2012 election, a new poll suggests Romney would win
  • Boko Haram
    Boko Haram kidnaps the wife of the vice prime minister of Cameroon
    World News
  • Ceasefire breaks
    Israel's Benjamin Netanyahu claims Hamas broke another brief ceasefire
  • Close call with CME
    Scientists tell how Earth survived a giant solar flare back in 2012
  • Comic-Con
    What's going on at Comic-Con? Get all the latest updates here

Related Videos:

  • China river red: River in China turns blood red in baffling 'Moses-like plague'
    <div class="video-info" data-id="518342493" data-param-name="playList" data-provider="5min" data-url=""></div>
  • Chagas in US: Deadly 'kissing bug' disease on the rise, doctors warn [Report]
    <div class="video-info" data-id="518343282" data-param-name="playList" data-provider="5min" data-url=""></div>
  • Jay-Z and Beyonce
    <div class="video-info" data-id="518344506" data-param-name="playList" data-provider="5min" data-url=""></div>