Jersey City men arrested for alleged murder of Stephanie Jacques, 17

The Hudson County Prosecutor’s Homicide Unit arrested and charged 20-year-old Darby Shirden,  of Winfield Avenue in Jersey City, and 20-year-old Shaquan Rush, of Bayside Place in Jersey City, in connection with the shooting death of 17-year-old Stephanie Jacques and the attempted murder of an 18-year-old man in Jersey City.

On April 1, just before 8 p.m., members of the Jersey City Police Department responded to a report of shots fired in the area of Martin Luther King Drive and Forrest Street in Jersey City.

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Responding officers found an 18-year-old male victim who had sustained gunshot wound(s) to the lower body and was transported to the Jersey City Medical Center where he was treated.

The second victim, a 17-year-old female, later identified as Stephanie Jacques, was located on the corner of Martin Luther King Drive and Oak Street.

Jacques also sustained a gunshot wound to her lower body and was transported to the Jersey City Medical Center for treatment and was later released.

She was re-transported to the Medical Center on the morning of April 2,  and pronounced dead at 10:57 a.m.

The cause of death was determined to be from a gunshot wound, and the manner of death was determined to be homicide.

Shirden was arrested on April 7,  just after 11 p.m. without incident at an address on Old Bergen Road, with the assistance of the Jersey City Police Department Street Crimes Unit.

Rush was arrested without incident on April 8,  just after 9 a.m. at an address on Bayside Place.

According to a press release from the HCPO, charges against Shirden and Rush include those involving murder, weapons possession, and theft.

The above charges are merely accusations and the defendants are presumed innocent until proven guilty.

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