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Neighborhood Dispute Ends in Death

MAYS LANDING – A 69 year-old man is charged with murder in the fatal shooting of Marketa E. Thorpe of Atlantic City, following a neighborhood dispute, Atlantic County Prosecutor Damon G. Tyner announced.

On Saturday, Sept. 12, Atlantic City Police received a 911 call at approximately 11:24 a.m., in reference to a victim with a gunshot wound at 1507 Belfield Avenue, Atlantic City. The victim, Marketa Thorpe, was located and transported to Atlanticare Regional Medical Center, City Division where she was pronounced deceased. An autopsy was conducted on Sunday, September 13, 2020, and the results determined Thorpe’s cause of death to be a gunshot wound of the torso and the manner of death to be homicide.

Shortly after the shooting of Thorpe, Maximo Santiago (right) was apprehended by Atlantic City Police officers and he was taken into custody.

Santiago is charged with the following offenses:

  • First degree Murder
  • Second degree Possession of a Weapon
  • Third degree Unlawful Possession of a Weapon
  • Second degree Certain Persons Not to have Weapons

Santiago is lodged at the Atlantic County Justice Facility, awaiting a detention hearing.

***These charges are merely an accusation and not proof of guilt. In all criminal cases, a charged defendant is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty. ***


Anyone with information involving serious crimes is asked to call the Atlantic County Prosecutor’s Office at 609-909-7800 or go to the Prosecutor’s Office Web site at http://www.acpo.org/tips.html and provide information by filling out the form anonymously on the Submit a Tip page. People can also call Crime Stoppers at 609-652-1234 or 1-800-658-8477 (TIPS) or visit the Crime Stoppers Website at http://www.crimestoppersatlantic.com/. Crime Stoppers offers cash rewards for information leading to the arrest and indictment of those who commit crimes in Atlantic County.