The New Jersey men who were found fatally shot last Friday inside an incinerated vehicle registered to Real Housewives of New Jersey cast member Kim DePaola were lifelong friends who apparently knew their alleged killers, PEOPLE learns.
Clarence Williams, 26, and Gerry Thomas, 28, each pleaded not guilty during their first appearances Tuesday in front of Passaic County Superior Court before Judge Joseph Perconti.
It emerged the Audi S Line where their charred bodies were discovered in Paterson, New Jersey, is owned by reality diva DePaola.
The bodies were found Friday inside a 2015 Audi in front of 570 East 28th St.in Paterson.
Police had to cut through the car's roof to extract the men's bodies.
The name of the other victim hasn't officially been released but Antonio Vega's sister, Esmerelda, said he was shot in the head execution style and left to die in the burning auto with Anderson.
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Anderson and Vega were "burned beyond recognition".
E! News reports Aaron Anderson, a friend of Kim's son, Chris, was the last person to drive the vehicle, though according to a source, he was not supposed to use it. Michele and her husband Thurston Anderson's 27-year-old son was only supposed to drive the auto to Chris' house and leave it there afterwards, but that never happened.
"I do not believe it was mob- or gang-related", she said at her home Monday. She added that her "deepest condolences go out to the victims' families of this truly horrific tragedy".
Police said in a statement that they responded to a call about a auto on fire on Friday at around 2 a.m. She said Williams was her nephew's best friend.
Anderson has three brothers and was a father to a baby boy who is 16-months-old.