Tyler Rios of Highland Park now charged with murder

Tyler Rios, the Highland Park man charged with kidnapping his son last week in an incident that was the subject of a widely broadcast Amber Alert has been charged with the murder of the boy’s 24-year-old mother.

The Highland Park High School graduate and athletic star Tyler Rios, 27, was charged with kidnapping and murder in the abduction of his 2-year-old son, Sebastian Rios, and the death of the boy’s mother, 24-year-old Yasemin Uyar, of Rahway, Union County Prosecutor William A. Daniel and Rahway Police Director Jonathan Parham announced Thursday.

Rios was in custody in Tennessee pending extradition back to New Jersey, after which a first appearance and detention hearing will be scheduled to take place in Superior Court in Union County.

It’s still unclear where and exactly when Uyar was killed, and additional information about her death was not disclosed. See below stories for the background.

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