Victim in alleged speakeasy killing identified

Charles White

Charles White (Contributed photo)

By Shaheed M. Morris
For The Trentonian

Authorities have identified the man who was killed in Saturday’s early morning shooting that also left five people injured at an alleged after-hours club on the 900 block of Martin Luther King Boulevard.

Charles White, 43, was shot in the head and pronounced dead around 10 a.m. at Capital Health Regional Medical Center, said First Assistant Mercer County Prosecutor Angelo Onofri.
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1 dead, 5 injured in after-hours club shooting

By SHAHEED M. MORRIS, For The Trentonian

A shooting at an after-hours club in the city’s North Ward left one person dead and five others injured, authorities said.

Police responded to a call at 4:37 a.m. Saturday in the 900 block of Martin Luther King Boulevard where they found a 43-year-old man suffering from a gunshot wound to the head. He was pronounced dead around 10 a.m. at Capital Health Regional Medical Center, said First Assistant Mercer County Prosecutor Angelo Onofri.

The victim’s name was not released pending to the notification of the next of kin. The deceased allegedly lived above the North Ward speakeasy. Illegal speakeasies and after-hours clubs operate after city bars close at 2 a.m.
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Citizens help catch suspects in murder of Julio Cruz


Michael Holman and Dante Martin, both 18-year-olds from Trenton, were charged with first-degree felony murder and robbery Thursday in the beating death of Julio Cesar Cruz.

The Mercer County Prosecutor Joseph Bocchini Jr. and Trenton Police Director Ralph Rivera Jr., among other county and state authorities, announced the arrests in connection with Cruz’s death on Feb. 15.

Felony murder carries a penalty of 30 years to life in state prison.

Holman and Martin were taken into custody and charged early Thursday morning by the Mercer County Homicide Task Force. Holman was arrested in close proximity to where the homicide occurred. Martin was charged at the prosecutor’s office.
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Community bids farewell to slain teen


On an unusually warm Saturday evening, Julio Cesar Cruz was laid to rest at Chiaccho Funeral Home in Trenton’s South Ward as hundreds of community members came to say farewell to the slain teen.

Last week Cruz, 19, was beaten to death in front of his Rusling Street home while returning from a nearby deli where he went to buy groceries.  Cruz, came to the United States from Guatemala less than three months ago seeking the American Dream.  At around 9 p.m. on Feb. 15, Cruz was pronounced dead upon arrival to St. Francis Medical Center.
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Accused murderer Edna White held on $75,000 bail

A judge set the bail at $75,000 this morning for the woman who stabbed her former boyfriend to death after he caught her going through his mother’s handbag.

Edna White, 56, appeared via video before Mercer Superior Court Mark Fleming, who the set bail on a charge of aggravated assault because the paperwork on upgraded murder charges was not complete.
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Dwelle Jerome Clark’s death ruled a homicide

Edna White

Edna White

On Thursday, the Mercer County Medical Examiner’s Office ruled the death of 55-year-old Dwelle Jerome Clark a homicide.

Prosecutors are now in the process of filing murder charges against the woman accused of stabbing and killing Clark: 56-year-old Edna White.

According to witnesses, around 10:15 p.m. Saturday, White stabbed Clark in the chest after he caught her rummaging through his mother’s handbag.
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Trenton man stabbed Saturday night dies in hospital three days later

Dwelle Jerome Clark was stabbed in the stomach by his ex-girlfriend Edna White moments after he caught her rummaging through his mother’s handbag.

He said, ‘Stay out of my mom’s things,’” witness to the stabbing Omar Mills said Wednesday.

According to Mills, after Clark, 55, uttered those words, White, 56, started hitting him with a walking cane. Clark then took the cane away from her, Mills said, and walked into his bedroom. White then grabbed a butcher knife from atop a dresser, followed Clark into his room and stabbed him in the abdomen, Mills said.

“It was senseless,” Mills said. “There was blood all over the walls and all over the floor. It was everywhere.”
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Slain teen’s brother vows to see justice done

By Carlos Avila, The Trentonian

Saturday’s killing of 18-year old Julio Cesar Cruz in Trenton’s Chambersburg section has garnered national attention as the details of the incident continue to emerge.
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Family, neighbors alarmed by beating death of South Ward teen

A friend shows the photo of Julio Cesar Cruz. Cruz, a resident of Trenton’s South Ward was beat to death Saturday evening in front of his home. Trentonian Photo/CARLOS AVILA.

A friend shows the photo of Julio Cesar Cruz. Cruz, a resident of Trenton’s South Ward was beat to death Saturday evening in front of his home. Trentonian Photo/CARLOS AVILA.

By Carlos Avila, The Trentonian

Julio Cesar Cruz, a resident of Trenton’s South Ward was beaten to death Saturday evening. According to witnesses, the 18-year old native of San Marcos, Guatemala, suffered traumatizing blows to his body and head which caused him to lose consciousness and fall to the ground banging his head on the concrete front porch of his Rusling Street home.

According to his roommates, at around 6:30 p.m., Cruz went to a bakery on Whittaker Avenue to buy his take-out dinner. Twenty minutes later as he approached his house on the way back, two African-American males with hoodies grabbed him and started pounding him.
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Authorities identify Rusling Street Homicide victim

An 18-year-old city man walking home in the heart of the city’s Chambersburg section was the victim of an apparent robbery gone wrong, authorities said.

Julio Lopez-Cruz

Julio Lopez-Cruz was the victim of a Saturday night robbery gone awry, authorities said on Sunday. (Photo courtesy of friends)

The victim, identified by the authorities as 18-year-old Julio Lopez-Cruz (according to birth records obtained by The Trentonian he is ID’d as Julio Cesar Cruz)  was returning home from a shopping trip with groceries in hand,  around 6:45 p.m. on Saturday night, when two assailants descended upon him and began their robbery attempt.
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