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Burlington County Resident Lesure Funari Found Guilty of First Degree Murder

Camden City, NJ ((June 12, 2024)– A jury has convicted a Burlington County man for the 2021 fatal shooting of a man in Camden, announced Camden County Prosecutor Grace C. MacAulay and Camden County Police Chief Gabriel Rodriguez.

Lesure Funari, 25, of Burlington City, NJ, was found guilty on June 6, 2024, of first-degree Murder in the death of 29-year-old Takwail Bailey of Camden. The verdict was returned after a jury trial in Camden County Superior Court. Funari was also found guilty of second-degree Unlawful Possession of a Weapon and second-degree Possession of a Weapon for an Unlawful Purpose.

On November 28, 2021, at approximately 10:32 p.m., the Camden County Police Department received a ShotSpotter activation for ten (10) rounds in the area of the 1000 block of Lois Avenue in Camden. Officers responded and located a male, later identified as Takwail Bailey, lying in the parking lot area outside of an apartment building. The victim was suffering from multiple gunshot wounds and was transported to Cooper University Hospital, where he was pronounced deceased at approximately 10:57 p.m.

During the investigation, detectives obtained surveillance video footage that captured the homicide. The video captured Funari exiting a black Ford F-150 truck parked across the street, approaching the victim, and shooting him multiple times. Funari then returned to the truck and fled. Detectives tracked the truck on video to and from the crime scene. Based on surveillance video footage and other evidence, Funari was identified as the person responsible for shooting Bailey. Funari was apprehended by the U.S. Marshals Service New York/New Jersey Regional Fugitive Task Force - Camden Division at a Camden residence on January 7, 2022. He remains held at the Camden County Correctional Facility pending sentencing. 

The state was represented by Assistant Prosecutor Matthew Spittal of the Camden County Prosecutor’s Office Homicide Unit. The case was investigated by Sergeant Andy McNeil of the Camden County Prosecutor’s Office along with Lieutenant Gordon Harvey of the Camden County Police Department and retired Sergeant Shawn Donlon of the Camden County Police Department. Funari is currently scheduled to be sentenced on August 23, 2024