Quran Brittingham found dead Monday near footpath to D&R Canal

The city has now experienced five homicides in less than three weeks.

Around 8 a.m. Monday, police found 21-year-old Quran Brittingham dead after officers were dispatched to the intersection of Bruce Park Drive and Edgewood Avenue to investigate a report of “unknown trouble.”

Quran Brittingham

Quran Brittingham

Police say Brittingham was lying on a footpath leading to the Delaware and Raritan Canal showing signs of injury. The type of injury has not been disclosed at this time, but police confirmed that Brittingham was pronounced dead at the scene. The cause of death is pending an autopsy scheduled for later this week, according to prosecutors investigating the case.

Brittingham is the second person to be found dead near that portion of the D&R Canal this year. Aaron Lewis, 23, of Hamilton, was found shot and killed near that location in April.

After an August and September with zero murders, this year’s homicide toll is now 28.

On Halloween, police found 36-year-old Levonza Thompson outside of Oakland Park Apartments suffering from multiple gunshot wounds. Thompson, who is the uncle of Naquan Ellis who was shot and killed in June, was later pronounced at the hospital. Iyeesha Kia Thomas and Silas Johnson were also found shot and killed last week.

According to prosecutors, no arrests have been made in connection with the deaths of Brittingham, Thompson, Thomas nor Johnson.

Anyone with information about either murder is asked to contact the Mercer County Homicide Task Force at 609-989-6406. Or, call the Trenton police confidential tip line at 609-989-3663.

Tipsters may also call the Trenton Crime Stoppers tip line at 609-278-8477. Those wishing to text a tip can send a message labeled TCSTIPS to Trenton Crime Stoppers at 274637.

Editor’s note: This story has been updated with a different photograph of Brittingham at the request of his family.

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