Police are investigating two homicides that occurred within an eight-hour span.
According to law enforcement, around 11 p.m. Tuesday, police were dispatched to the North 25 Housing Complex off of Calhoun Street to investigate a shooting in progress. Upon arrival, officers found two victims suffering from gunshot wounds. A female was struck in the leg and hand during that shooting, and a man was found in the parking lot suffering from a gunshot wound to the chest.
Both victims were taken to Capital Health Regional Medical Center, and police say the female is in stable condition. The male victim died at the hospital, though, and he has been identified as 23-year-old Naquan Ellis.
The scene at the 1000 block of Edgewood Avenue, where Keisha Alexander was killed in her apartment Saturday morning. (Trentonian Photo/SCOTT KETTERER)
A city man has been charged in connection with the murder of Keisha Alexander, the Mercer County Prosecutor’s Office said on Sunday.
According to Casey DeBlasio, a spokeswoman for the prosecutor’s office, 20-year-old Jorge L. Rodriguez of Trenton was arrested on Saturday and later charged in connection with Alexander’s death.
She may not have had many friends in Trenton, but those she did have said she meant the world to them.
Keisha Alexander, 49, was killed in her apartment on Edgewood Avenue early
Saturday morning, the exact circumstances are unknown, though her friends said they were told Alexander put up a fight.
“She was a good and decent person,” said Eugene Lewis. “This was a person who was senselessly slaughtered.”
A man was found shot and killed on Centre Street Monday evening.
According to law enforcement, around 10 p.m. Monday, police were dispatched to the 300 block of Centre Street to investigate a reported shooting in progress. And when officers arrived on-scene, they found a male lying in the middle of the street suffering from “numerous” gunshot wounds.
The victim was then taken to Capital Health Regional Medical Center where he was pronounced dead. He was later identified as 33-year-old Pinkey Priester.
Sources told the Trentonian that shortly before the shooting, Priester and the alleged gunman engaged in a fist fight. But police said they do not have a suspected motivation for the killing, nor do they have a suspect description.
A city man who police say was part of a crew known as the “West Hanover Stickup Boys” was found shot and killed Monday in Spring Street Park.
According to law enforcement, early Monday morning police received a call reporting a dead body that was found near a bench in Spring Street Park. Police were then dispatched to the scene, where they found a man suffering from an apparent gunshot wound. The victim was pronounced dead at the scene, and he was later identified as 24-year-old Amir Hassan Glover. Read more
About six hours before 16-year-old Rayquan Brown was gunned down on Stuyvesant Avenue, he picked up his grandmother from work and they went shopping.
“We went to ShopRite and then came home,” his grandmother Sheila Holman said. “He left the house a little after 6 p.m. And when he walked out the door, he said, ‘I love you nanny.’ And I said, ‘I love you more.’”
That was the last time Holman spoke with her grandson.
HOPEWELL - A Trenton man who allegedly admitted to killing his cellmate at the Mercer County Correction Center last year has been indicted in connection with the case.
Lamar Gaines, 19, was indicted Wednesday on one count of first-degree murder in connection with the strangulation and beating death of 38-year-old Darryl Boone.
Around 1:30 a.m. on Oct. 5, Boone was found dead at the Mercer County Correction Center after corrections officers saw water flowing from under the door of a cell in the receiving and detention area. Prosecutors allege that Boone’s cellmate, 19-year-old Lamar Gaines, is responsible for the murder, and that Gaines admitted to the killing by telling correction officers, “I killed him.”
A city man was found shot and killed inside a vehicle Wednesday morning on McKinley Avenue.
According to law enforcement, around 6 a.m. Wednesday, police were dispatched to McKinley Avenue to investigate a suspicious vehicle that was parked on the side of the road. Police were told that someone was inside the vehicle, and when officers arrived on scene, they found a male inside a silver Jeep Cherokee suffering from a gunshot wound.
Criminal Investigation Bureau Detectives and the Mercer County Homicide Task Force were then dispatched to investigate the matter. And a medical examiner later pronounced the man dead at the scene.
The victim was later identified as 25-year-old William B. Massaquoi Jr.
Sources told The Trentonian that Massaquoi was found in the driver’s seat with the engine running, and that he had been shot in the back of the head. But police would only confirm that the vehicle’s engine was running; they declined to comment on where Massaquoi was seated in the vehicle and the location of his gunshot wound.
A judge ordered a mental status evaluation Tuesday for Jack Isabell, who is accused of shooting and killing 34-year-old Raheim Hayes.
“I think Mr. Isabell is a very dangerous individual and obviously he has some mental issues,” Mercer County Assistant Prosecutor Lewis Korngut said. “When he was arrested, he said something about the martians were coming after him or something to that effect.”
A city man who has been in custody in connection with an April shooting that left one victim injured was charged last week with the murder of 34-year-old Raheim Hayes.
Jack Isabell, 41, is charged with murder, felony murder, robbery and several weapons offenses in connection with Hayes’ death.