Three teenagers arrested for North 25 Housing murder

Zion Williams

Zion Williams

Three teenagers have been arrested in connection with the murder of 58-year-old Wilma Rutledge.

Zion Williams, 18, and two 16-year-old males are charged with murder, attempted murder, endangering the welfare of a child and related weapons offenses in connection with the October 6 shooting, which claimed Rutledge’s life and injured a 14-year-old girl.

Rutledge and the teenage girl were innocent bystanders when gunfire rang out in the North 25 Housing complex that Friday afternoon. Rutledge was later pronounced dead at the hospital, while the teenager sustained non-life-threatening injuries.

Wilma Rutledge (Facebook Photo)

Wilma Rutledge (Facebook Photo)

Sources with intimate knowledge of the situation said the teenage victim was a dedicated volunteer who helped special needs children.

Prosecutors have not disclosed a motive for the shooting.

Williams was arrested in the capital city this past Friday night by the U.S. Marshals NY/NJ Regional Fugitive Task Force. The two juvenile males were arrested Sunday at a home in Ewing.

The prosecutor’s office has filed a motion to detain Williams while the case plays out in court.

The names of the other two suspects have not been released because they are juveniles.

Trenton Police investigate a fatal shooting at the North 25 Housing complex on Friday, Oct. 6, 2017. (GREGG SLABODA — The Trentonian)

Trenton Police investigate a fatal shooting at the North 25 Housing complex on Friday, Oct. 6, 2017. (GREGG SLABODA — The Trentonian)

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