Trenton’s 18th homicide victim identified as 18-year-old James Turner

TRENTON — For the second time in five days, police are investigating a city homicide.
On Sunday night, James Turner, 18, of Trenton was shot to death on the 300 block of Reservoir Street.
“Someone just ran up to him and blew his head off,” a resident on the block said.

James Turner

Last Wednesday, Benjamin DaVila Jr. was shot in a drive by shooting on the 100 block of Passaic Street, adding to the recent surge of homicides.

Around 7:40 p.m., Turner was standing outside 351 Reservoir Street talking to a friend when a man who police describe as a 5-foot-7 man weighing 120 pounds wearing a black hooded sweatshirt walked up to Turner and fired three shots, with one striking Turner in the head. Turner was declared dead at the scene.
The following morning, the bloodstain from where Turner was shot was still visible. The Trenton Fire Department used chemicals and a fire hose to wash the blood into a drain down the street.
A source told the Trentonian that Turner had been involved in an altercation earlier in the day. According to police, the motive for the homicide is currently unknown.
Turner was described by his grandmother, Maureen Turner, as no angel but a good kid.
Det. Jason Snyder is investigating the case. Anyone with any information can anonymously contact Crime Stoppers at 278-8477, texting information with the keyword “TCSTIPS” to 274637 or submit tips online at

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