New Jersey

Jersey City man shot to death outside housing complex

Posted on April 25, 2009. Filed under: murder, New Jersey |

Jersey City, New Jersey – A 23-year-old man was fatally shot in the face outside a public housing complex in Jersey City early this morning, authorities said.

Jalil Spears of Jersey City was killed shortly after 1 a.m. outside a building at the Booker T. Washington Public Housing Complex by what police believe was a lone gunman on foot, according to the Hudson County Prosecutor’s Office.

Spears had been found not guilty during a murder trial last year, in which he was accused of killing a drug dealer, but authorities said they have not established a motive in his shooting death today.

At least six shots were fired from a semi-automatic pistol, some hitting cars parked nearby, and neighbors who heard them called police, according to the Hudson County Prosecutor’s Office. Responding officers found Spears outside a building. More on

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Jersey City Teen shot dead in Park by two other teens

Posted on April 21, 2009. Filed under: dispute - acquaintance, New Jersey |

Jersey City, New Jersey – Pedro Roman Jr. of Bartholdi Avenue was shot Tuesday afternoon after a confrontation with two other teens at around 3 p.m. in Ferris Triangle Park on the corner of Old Bergen Road and Bartholdi Avenue. DeFazio said Holmes is alleged to have been the shooter.

DeFazio said the alleged shooting may have stemmed from a prior dispute.

DeFazio said Holmes is changed with murder and related weapons offenses. A $1 million bail was set for Holmes after he made an appearance in front of state Superior Court Judge Kevin Callahan Wednesday afternoon.

Roman’s death is the seventh homicide in Jersey City so far this year, according to DeFazio, with six committed by handgun. More on Hudson Reporter

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Party fight takes a young man’s life

Posted on April 12, 2009. Filed under: dispute - strangers, New Jersey |

Camden, New Jersey – On Sunday night, 18-year-old Sergio Rivera did something that family and friends said the hard worker rarely did — attend a party outside of his home city, Camden.

“We just wanted to enjoy ourselves, dance with some girls and relax for once in a lifetime,” said Rivera’s close friend, Jerome Corbet, 20.

But, Corbet and Rivera’s family members said the enjoyment ended with a small bump that started the fight that ultimately led to their loved one’s death in Lawnside.

Rivera was shot multiple times around 10:40 p.m. on Sunday and died outside of the Wayne Bryant Community Center on East Charleston Avenue, according to the Camden County Prosecutor’s office. The shooter remains at large.

“During the brawl, one of the people fighting Rivera drew a gun and fired it into the floor. That person left and Rivera followed him out. The gunman allegedly shot Rivera outside,” Camden County Prosecutor spokesman Jason Laughlin said in a released statement.

Rivera’s family and friends said they were “really hurt” by the situation and upset that Lawnside officials were not on site, providing security during the event, which about 150 people attended. More on Courier Post

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