Hunter/Robinson family, Feb. 6, 2014
Catina Hunter at Marcus Hunter’s gravesite
Quancine Robinson at Marcus Hunter’s gravesite
The last time Catina Hunter spoke with her 16-year-old son Marcus Hunter was around 2 p.m. on Feb. 11, 2013. The conversation lasted about five minutes. Hunter told his mother that he would soon join her and about 20 other people for his sister’s birthday party at his grandmother’s house on West Hanover Street.
“Well, I’m just sitting here waiting for you to come,” Catina Hunter recalls telling her son.
And then they hung up. She never imagined that would be their last conversation.
Earlier this week, Trenton police implemented a new “specialized street crime unit” aimed at replacing the department’s Tactical Anti-Crime unit that was disbanded in December 2012.
“The big difference between this new unit and the previous TAC unit is that TAC had no general order laying out its function, duties, responsibilities and tactics,” Trenton Police Director Ralph Rivera Jr. said Tuesday evening. “This new unit has a mission with clearly defined tactics and techniques.”
The new yet-to-be-named unit consists of two squads, with eight officers assigned to each squad. And one officer on each squad has a K-9 partner. These 16 officers, Rivera said, were already assigned to TPD’s Patrol Division. “This is a unit within the patrol,” Rivera said.
Two men were indicted Wednesday in connection with the shooting death of 35-year-old Andre Corbett.
Around 3 p.m. on Jan. 21, 2013, Corbett was gunned down in the 100 block of Oakland Street. He suffered multiple gunshot wounds and was pronounced dead at the scene.
Court documents state that the entire incident was captured by surveillance video. And within a couple days of the shooting, Keith Wells-Holmes, 21, and Zihqwan Clemens, 23, were arrested and charged in connection with Corbett’s death.
Update: This man has been identified as 79-year-old Roman Vila, and his death has been ruled the result of natural causes. Police say he suffered a cardiac arrest.
A man was found dead Thursday morning lying on the sidewalk outside a residence on William Street, and police are calling the death “suspicious.”
According to Trenton Police Lt. Stephen Varn, around 7:30 a.m. Thursday, officers were dispatched to the 200 block of William Street where they found a man lying on the sidewalk. The victim was pronounced dead at the scene.
It’s too early in the investigation to speculate, Varn said, “but right now it’s a suspicious death.”
Officials have identified the gunshot victim found in a burning car earlier this month as 22-year-old Chevin Burgess.
Around 7:15 p.m. on Jan. 4, police were dispatched to the 100 block of Hart Avenue to investigate a burning car. And after firefighters extinguished the blaze, sources say, they found a body inside the vehicle.
Authorities have identified the man gunned down in the city’s East Ward on Saturday.
The Mercer County Prosecutor’s Office said the victim was Keyon Shontel Wade, 39, of Ewing. He was reported by police officials on Saturday as being a 43-year-old city man. Wade would have been 40 in April based upon information from the prosecutor’s office. He was shot in front of a city liquor store located at Walnut Avenue and Chambers Street around 12:40 p.m. Wade was pronounced dead at Capital Health Regional Medical Center at 1:07 p.m.
A man is dead after being shot in the city’s Wilbur Section, authorities said.
The Mercer County Prosecutor’s Office and the Trenton Police confirmed that a man was killed in front of Martinez Liquors on Saturday just before 1:00 p.m.
According to Casey DeBlasio, a spokeswoman for the prosecutor’s office, a man in his 40s was found outside of the liquor store at the intersection of Walnut Avenue and Chambers Street around 12:45 after police were called to the area. Area residents reported hearing as many as five shots.
The victim, whose name has not yet been released, was taken to Capital Health Regional Medical Center where he was pronounced dead.
Currently, authorities have said there is no suspect in the killing.
Two men pleaded innocent Wednesday to charges that they conspired and killed 18-year-old James Austin, son of retired Trenton police Sgt. Luddie Austin.
Around 1:45 p.m. on Feb. 26, police found Austin lying in the foyer of a residence in the 900 block of East State Street suffering from a gunshot wound to the chest. Austin later died at Capital Health Regional Medical Center.
The death of a victim found Saturday inside a burning car on Hart Avenue has been ruled a homicide, according to police sources.
Around 7:15 p.m. Saturday, police were dispatched to the 100 block of Hart Avenue to investigate a burning car, and sources told The Trentonian that a victim was found inside the vehicle. Scanner reports at the time indicated that police were told there were gunshots just before and shortly after the fire began.
Police have identified the man who was shot and killed Monday night on Lee Avenue as 25-year-old Keyaan Lee Young.
According to police sources, around 7:15 p.m. Monday, officers were dispatched to the 100 block of Lee Avenue to investigate a shooting in progress. But when officers arrived at the scene, they found Young near the intersection of Columbia and Lee Avenue suffering from a gunshot wound to the head.
Young was pronounced dead at the scene.