map of murders in new jersey
Vernita Desmith, 19, was stabbed to death in her parents’ house in Newark by her estranged ex-boyfriend. She had a 1-year-old son with her at the time. Quavon Bell, 19, fled from police across rooftops and after a lengthy chase he was captured and charged with Desmith’s murder. This was Newark’s fifth murder, one of many in the Central Ward.
Lemuel Robinson, 22, was killed by a single gunshot wound in a robbery in eastside Camden. While walking to a neighborhood store to buy food, two men approached and attempted to rob him, killing him in the process and leaving him on the sidewalk. No suspects have been arrested so far in the investigation.
Anthony “Leon Sweet” Hunt, 47, was shot multiple times in the torso after an argument in his Irvington house. He had recently been released from jail on narcotics and robbery convictions, and was unemployed. Shortly after, Derrick Miller, 22, and Arthur Thompson, 27, both of Newark, were pulled over in Irvington and arrested for the crime.
Zorymar Rosado, 17, was shot multiple times and killed inside her Elizabeth apartment, a block away from Elizabeth High School. Later that day, Fahteem Tucker, 18, was arrested and charged with the girl’s murder.
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In the Central Ward’s fourth murder of the year, Carol Spratt, 76, was found murdered and wrapped up in garbage bags in a shopping cart outside a New Community senior citizens home in Newark. Her apparent boyfriend, Forrest Thomas, 42, was arrested several days later and charged in the murder, which took place across the street from one of the largest hospitals in Newark.
In Camden’s third murder of the year, Jamal Burgess, 33, was fatally injured in a multiple shooting in Camden when an armed man opened fire on him while he was sitting in a car. Two of his cousins were also wounded in the gunfire that rocked Ferry and Kossuth Streets in one of the poorest areas of the city.
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Angel Montes, 31 was shot dead inside his house in the small South Jersey city of Salem. It’s Salem’s first murder in fourteen months, and one of the only in that area for a long time.
An unidentified man was killed by a single gunshot to the shoulder by an officer of the Irvington Police Department. Police had responded to a burglary at a machine shop on South 20th Street when the burglar fled, running across rooftops, and crossing over into the city of Newark. In a backyard on Beverly Street, an officer confronted the man, who bit him and lunged for his 40-caliber service weapon. The officer discharged a single shot, killing the man. He has not yet been identified.
Sylvester Cummings, 23, and Victor Powell, 22, were both arrested recently for the drug-related killing of Paul Politan just off of South Orange Avenue in Newark on January 3.
Dante Bland, 22, was arrested and charged with the murder of gang member Ronald Jordan in Jersey City. He is one of two shooters in the situation, and it’s unknown where the other shooter is, or what Bland’s gang connections are.
Phillip Holden, 39, aka Abdul Muslim, was arrested and charged with the murder of Karen Cunningham in Newark, killed by a stray bullet during a drug-related shooting near West Side Park.
The Newark-East Orange-Irvington metropolitan area already has had seven murders in twenty-one days of the new year, an average of a murder every three days, not counting the police shooting that left another man dead in the South Ward. Four are concentrated in the Central Ward, strange considering that the West and South Wards were the primary killing zones in 2009. Union and Salem Counties have already suffered their first murders, though many counties have been spared a homicide this far into the year.
There hasn’t been a single murder in Newark or Irvington south of Springfield Avenue yet.