13-year-old charged with murder in Jersey City

The Hudson County Prosecutor’s Office Homicide Unit has charged a 13-year-old Jersey City girl with the shooting death of a 35-year-old man who was shot at Martin Luther King Drive and Wilkinson on the afternoon of Dec. 10, according to a press release from the Hudson County Prosecutor’s Office.

The teen was arrested by Jersey City police officers just before 7 p.m. on Dec. 24, in the area of Union Street and MLK Drive.

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The unnamed girl has been charged as a juvenile with Murder, a first-degree crime; Aggravated Assault, a second-degree crime; Possession of a Weapon (firearm) for an Unlawful Purpose, a second-degree crime; Unlawful Possession of a Weapon, a second-degree crime; and Possession of a Firearm by a Minor, a second-degree crime.

On Dec. 10,  just after 4:16 p.m., members of the Jersey City Police Department responded to the area of Martin Luther King Drive and Wilkinson Avenue on a report of a person shot.

Officers found the victim, an unconscious 35-year-old Jersey City man, later identified as Niles Holmes, with multiple gunshot wounds to the upper body.

The victim was transported to the Jersey City Medical Center in a life-threatening condition. He was pronounced dead at 6:12 p.m.

The Regional Medical Examiner’s Office determined the cause of death as gunshot wound to the upper torso and manner of death as homicide.

A short time after the initial victim was located, Jersey City Police found a second victim of the shooting, a 24-year-old Jersey City man, who had sustained two graze wounds to the arm.

He was transported to the Jersey City Medical Center where he was treated for non-life-threatening injuries.

Prosecutor Esther Suarez credited the Hudson County Prosecutor’s Office Homicide Unit and the Jersey City Police Department for the investigation and arrest.

The above charges are only accusations. The juvenile is presumed innocent until proven guilty.


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