Ciony Kirkman | Homicide Watch Trentonhttp://trenton.homicidewatch.org/victims/ciony-kirkman/Latest news about Ciony Kirkmanen-usFri, 21 Jun 2019 21:21:52 -0400Convicted murderer gets 55 years for slaying Ciony Kirkman in 2016 Trenton shootinghttp://trenton.homicidewatch.org/2019/06/21/convicted-murderer-gets-55-years-for-slaying-ciony-kirkman-in-2016-trenton-shooting/<p>The convicted murderer who shot and killed 16-year-old Ciony Kirkman in a wild April 2016 gunplay incident has finally been punished for his deadly crimes.</p> <a href="http://wordpress.homicidewatch.org/trenton/files/2018/06/peter_charles_ciony_kirkman.jpg"><img class="size-medium wp-image-6541" src="http://wordpress.homicidewatch.org/trenton/files/2018/06/peter_charles_ciony_kirkman-300x203.jpg" alt="Peter Charles Jr. (left) has been convicted of murdering 16-year-old Ciony Kirkman (right) in a brazen April 2016 Trenton shooting. (SUBMITTED PHOTOS)" width="300" height="203" srcset="http://wordpress.homicidewatch.org/trenton/files/2018/06/peter_charles_ciony_kirkman-300x203.jpg 300w, http://wordpress.homicidewatch.org/trenton/files/2018/06/peter_charles_ciony_kirkman-768x519.jpg 768w, http://wordpress.homicidewatch.org/trenton/files/2018/06/peter_charles_ciony_kirkman-500x338.jpg 500w, http://wordpress.homicidewatch.org/trenton/files/2018/06/peter_charles_ciony_kirkman-800x541.jpg 800w, http://wordpress.homicidewatch.org/trenton/files/2018/06/peter_charles_ciony_kirkman.jpg 888w" sizes="(max-width: 300px) 100vw, 300px" /></a><p class="wp-caption-text">Peter Charles Jr. (left) has been convicted of murdering 16-year-old Ciony Kirkman (right) in a brazen April 2016 Trenton shooting. (SUBMITTED PHOTOS)</p> <p>Peter Charles Jr., 20, of Trenton, received a 55-year prison sentence Friday as Superior Court Judge Darlene Pereksta hammered him for having no remorse.</p> <p>“There has not been any sincere remorse,” she told the defendant from the bench. “You are sorry for yourself and maybe your family. That is not true remorse.”</p> <p>Pereksta cited Charles’s prior history of violence as a juvenile, his prior history of unchecked drug use and his lack of employment history as aggravating factors. “There were offenses of violence in your past,” she said. “You’ll evolve. I don’t know if you’ll mature.” <span id="more-7058"></span></p> <p>A trial jury convicted Charles on each charge 12 months ago, finding him guilty of murder, weapons offenses, six counts of attempted murder and seven counts of aggravated assault with a firearm.</p> <p>The incident occurred April 24, 2016, when Charles was 17 years old. He armed himself with a handgun and fired numerous shots at a minivan that Ciony and six other juveniles were occupying in the area of Jersey Street and Home Avenue in Trenton’s South Ward. One of those shots struck Ciony in the head; she died two days later from her injuries.</p> <p>Police arrested Charles on April 29, 2016. He was eventually waived up to adult court and indicted on 16 counts, including one count of first-degree murder, six counts of first-degree attempted murder, seven counts of fourth-degree aggravated assault with a firearm, one count of second-degree possession of a firearm for unlawful purposes and one count of second-degree unlawful possession of a handgun without a permit to carry.</p> <p>After the jury convicted Charles on June 8, 2018, he blamed his defense attorney Bruce L. Throckmorton for the outcome.</p> <p>“You have to take responsibility for your own action for your own case,” Pereksta told Charles. “I do not take any pleasure in days like this.”</p> <p>A first-degree murder conviction carries 30 years to life in prison in New Jersey’s criminal justice system, but a judge must exercise restraint when sentencing a juvenile waived up to adult court. Charles was a 17-year-old juvenile when he shot and killed the teenage victim.</p> <p>Ciony Kirkman was a student enrolled in Trenton’s Daylight Twilight alternative high school and was active in dance and cheerleading. She was an unintended target in an ongoing feud between warring factions from the city’s Wilbur section and Jersey Street, prosecutors previously said.</p> <p>Ciony’s family wanted Charles to get life in prison. Throckmorton wanted his client to get sentenced to the least punitive punishment allowable under state law. Pereksta ultimately sentenced the convicted murderer to 55 years of incarceration subject to the No Early Release Act, which means the defendant must serve at least 85 percent of the term behind bars before he may become eligible for parole.</p> <p>Charles has also been sentenced to 16-year concurrent prison terms for his attempted murder convictions. The Mercer County Prosecutor’s Office was not seeking consecutive sentences in this case.</p> <p>Charles has been awarded 1,148 days of jail credit for being in custody for more than three years since his arrest. He appeared in court Friday in an orange Mercer County Correction Center jumpsuit and said he understood the terms of his hefty prison sentence. He has the right to appeal his convictions and sentences within 45 days.</p> Sulaiman Abdur-RahmanFri, 21 Jun 2019 21:21:52 -0400http://trenton.homicidewatch.org/2019/06/21/convicted-murderer-gets-55-years-for-slaying-ciony-kirkman-in-2016-trenton-shooting/Ciony KirkmanPeter Charles Jr.Trenton teen faces 224 years in prison for murdering Ciony Kirkman in wild shootinghttp://trenton.homicidewatch.org/2018/06/08/trenton-teen-faces-224-years-in-prison-for-murdering-ciony-kirkman-in-wild-shooting/<p>Guilty!</p> <p>That’s the verdict Peter Charles Jr. heard 16 times Thursday afternoon when a jury convicted him on all counts in his murder trial.</p> <p>Charles, 19, of Trenton, shot and killed 16-year-old Ciony Kirkman in a brazen April 2016 shooting in the city’s South Ward.</p> <a href="http://wordpress.homicidewatch.org/trenton/files/2018/06/peter_charles_ciony_kirkman.jpg"><img class="size-large wp-image-6541" src="http://wordpress.homicidewatch.org/trenton/files/2018/06/peter_charles_ciony_kirkman-500x338.jpg" alt="Peter Charles Jr. (left) has been convicted of murdering 16-year-old Ciony Kirkman (right) in a brazen April 2016 Trenton shooting. (SUBMITTED PHOTOS)" width="500" height="338" srcset="http://wordpress.homicidewatch.org/trenton/files/2018/06/peter_charles_ciony_kirkman-500x338.jpg 500w, http://wordpress.homicidewatch.org/trenton/files/2018/06/peter_charles_ciony_kirkman-300x203.jpg 300w, http://wordpress.homicidewatch.org/trenton/files/2018/06/peter_charles_ciony_kirkman-768x519.jpg 768w, http://wordpress.homicidewatch.org/trenton/files/2018/06/peter_charles_ciony_kirkman-800x541.jpg 800w, http://wordpress.homicidewatch.org/trenton/files/2018/06/peter_charles_ciony_kirkman.jpg 888w" sizes="(max-width: 500px) 100vw, 500px" /></a><p class="wp-caption-text">Peter Charles Jr. (left) has been convicted of murdering 16-year-old Ciony Kirkman (right) in a brazen April 2016 Trenton shooting. (SUBMITTED PHOTOS)</p> <p>With prosecutors presenting an ironclad case, all 12 jurors were firmly convinced that Charles shot at the minivan that Ciony and six other juveniles were occupying on that fateful evening in the area of Jersey Street and Home Avenue. <span id="more-6540"></span></p> <p>“The evidence supported the conviction,” Mercer County Assistant Prosecutor James Scott said Friday in an interview with <em>The Trentonian</em>. “It is a very tragic situation, and we hope there is some peace for Ciony’s family and for the surviving teenagers as well. They were also victims in this case and suffered a tremendous trauma not only being shot at multiple times, but also losing their friend Ciony. Some of them have been friends with Ciony since second grade.”</p> <p>Charles, then 17, armed himself with a handgun and fired numerous shots at the Ford Windstar about 6:25 p.m. April 24, 2016. One of those shots struck Ciony in the head. She died two days later from her injuries.</p> <p>Detective Patrick Holt, a Ewing cop assigned to the Mercer County Homicide Task Force, arrested Charles on April 29, 2016. Charles was eventually waived up to adult court and indicted on 16 counts, including one count of first-degree murder, six counts of first-degree attempted murder, seven counts of fourth-degree aggravated assault with a firearm, one count of second-degree possession of a firearm for unlawful purposes and one count of second-degree unlawful possession of a handgun without a permit.</p> <p>While Scott and fellow Mercer County Assistant Prosecutor Brett Berman tried the case, the prosecution gives major credit to Detective Holt for solving the case and bringing Charles to justice.</p> <p>“He did just an unbelievable job in the investigation,” Scott said of Holt. “He put together a really great case, and it was his work that really made a huge difference in this case.”</p> <p>The convicted murderer Charles could be sentenced to 224 years of state incarceration for being found guilty of murdering Ciony and attempting to murder the six other occupants riding inside the minivan. That is the maximum exposure Charles faces for his crimes, according to Scott.</p> <p>Mercer County Superior Court Judge Darlene Pereksta is scheduled to sentence Charles on July 20, although that hearing could be postponed due to the complexities surrounding the case.</p> <p>“New Jersey law provides that when you have multiple victims, particularly in a situation like this, the judge is well within her discretion to run it consecutively,” Scott said of Charles’ 16 convictions.</p> <p>The prosecutor does not know what Pereksta will do but suggested he wants to see a fair punishment imposed against Charles for all his heinous crimes.</p> <p>“I would like a sentence that’s justified and that’s likely to be upheld,” Scott said Friday when asked what punishment the state will recommend in this case, adding he wants to meet with Ciony’s grieving family members to help him decide what the recommended sentence should be.</p> <p>“At this point we have to review everything in the case, and we will make a sentencing recommendation before sentencing,” Scott said. “Ciony was loved very much by her family and by her friends, and it was a big loss to all of them. She was a beautiful girl, and for this to happen to her is awful.”</p> <a href="http://wordpress.homicidewatch.org/trenton/files/2016/05/rsz_21191152.jpg"><img class="size-large wp-image-4160" src="http://wordpress.homicidewatch.org/trenton/files/2016/05/rsz_21191152-500x375.jpg" alt="More than 100 people march through Trenton visiting places where homicide victims have been slain in the third annual Unity Walk on Sunday, May 01, 2016. (Penny Ray — The Trentonian)" width="500" height="375" srcset="http://wordpress.homicidewatch.org/trenton/files/2016/05/rsz_21191152-500x375.jpg 500w, http://wordpress.homicidewatch.org/trenton/files/2016/05/rsz_21191152-300x225.jpg 300w, http://wordpress.homicidewatch.org/trenton/files/2016/05/rsz_21191152-800x600.jpg 800w, http://wordpress.homicidewatch.org/trenton/files/2016/05/rsz_21191152.jpg 864w" sizes="(max-width: 500px) 100vw, 500px" /></a><p class="wp-caption-text">More than 100 people march through Trenton visiting places where homicide victims have been slain in the third annual Unity Walk on Sunday, May 1, 2016. (Penny Ray — The Trentonian)</p> <p>Ciony Kirkman was a student enrolled in Trenton’s Daylight Twilight alternative high school and was active in dance and cheerleading. She was an unintended target in an ongoing feud between warring factions from the city’s Wilbur section and Jersey Street, prosecutors previously said.</p> <p>Pool attorney Bruce L. Throckmorton represented Charles in the five-week-long murder trial. He could not be reached for comment at his law offices on Friday.</p> <p>Charles was being held on $750,000 cash bail at the Mercer County Correction Center. He has a violent juvenile history and was previously being held at the Middlesex County Juvenile Detention Center prior to being waived up to adult court.</p> <p>Court records show Charles got charged in March with third-degree cocaine possession for being in alleged possession of the illicit substance at the county jail last June.</p> <p>But the drug case is the least of his worries now that Charles is looking at decades upon decades of prison time for shooting up a minivan that had seven occupants, killing one of them.</p> <p>“These were teenagers,” Scott said of the victims. “These were young kids that were shot at, and none of them are gangbangers. They’re just kids. Something over some stupid neighborhood thing turned into an absolute tragedy.”</p> Sulaiman Abdur-RahmanFri, 08 Jun 2018 19:57:59 -0400http://trenton.homicidewatch.org/2018/06/08/trenton-teen-faces-224-years-in-prison-for-murdering-ciony-kirkman-in-wild-shooting/Ciony KirkmanPeter Charles Jr.Trenton man charged with murder of Ciony Kirkmanhttp://trenton.homicidewatch.org/2017/01/24/trenton-man-charged-with-murder-of-ciony-kirkman/<p>Mercer County officials have announced a 16-count indictment charging a Trenton man for the shooting death of Ciony Kirkman.</span></p> <a href="http://wordpress.homicidewatch.org/trenton/files/2016/04/CionyKirkman1.jpg"><img class="size-medium wp-image-4087" src="http://wordpress.homicidewatch.org/trenton/files/2016/04/CionyKirkman1-300x300.jpg" alt="Ciony Kirkman (contributed photo)" width="300" height="300" srcset="http://wordpress.homicidewatch.org/trenton/files/2016/04/CionyKirkman1-300x300.jpg 300w, http://wordpress.homicidewatch.org/trenton/files/2016/04/CionyKirkman1-150x150.jpg 150w, http://wordpress.homicidewatch.org/trenton/files/2016/04/CionyKirkman1-500x500.jpg 500w, http://wordpress.homicidewatch.org/trenton/files/2016/04/CionyKirkman1-800x800.jpg 800w, http://wordpress.homicidewatch.org/trenton/files/2016/04/CionyKirkman1.jpg 960w" sizes="(max-width: 300px) 100vw, 300px" /></a><p class="wp-caption-text">Ciony Kirkman (contributed photo)</p> <p class="p2"><span class="s1">Peter Charles, Jr, 18, was charged with first-degree murder and a list of lesser charges, according to a press release from the office of Mercer County Prosecutor Angelo J. Onofri </span></p> <p class="p2"><span class="s1">Charles, of Bayard Street, was also indicted on six counts of first-degree attempted murder, seven counts of fourth-degree aggravated assault, one count of second-degree possession of a weapon for an unlawful purpose and one count of second-degree unlawful possession of a weapon. He remains in jail in lieu of $750,000.</span><span id="more-5200"></span></p> <p class="p2"><span class="s1">On April 26, 2016 Ciony Kirkman, 16, was declared legally dead at Capital Health Regional Medical Center around 10:30 p.m.</span></p> <p class="p2"><span class="s1">Kirkman was inside a stolen minivan with a group of other kids when the vehicle was ambushed by gunfire on Jersey Street around 6:30 p.m. April 24, 2016.</span></p> <p class="p2"><span class="s1">Several sources told The Trentonian that residents of Jersey Street were warned the street was “going to be lit up like a firecracker” minutes prior to the shooting.</span></p> <p class="p2"><span class="s1">Sources say minutes after the warning, they heard at least a dozen gunshots in rapid succession.</span></p> <p class="p2"><span class="s1">Police say Kirkman was in a stolen Ford Windstar with six other juveniles when someone fired gunshots at the vehicle. At least one bullet traveled through the minivan’s rear windshield. After it was hit, the vehicle traveled to the intersection of Beatty Street and South Clinton Avenue and police were dispatched to the area.</span></p> Trentonian StaffTue, 24 Jan 2017 11:32:07 -0500http://trenton.homicidewatch.org/2017/01/24/trenton-man-charged-with-murder-of-ciony-kirkman/Ciony KirkmanProsecutors: Trenton teen's accused killer caught on tapehttp://trenton.homicidewatch.org/2016/11/30/prosecutors-trenton-teens-accused-killer-caught-on-tape/<p>A 16-year-old girl was an unintended target in an ongoing feud between warring factions from the city’s Wilbur section and Jersey Street, prosecutors said Wednesday.</p> <p>Peter Charles Jr., 18, allegedly belonged to a group from Jersey Street, possibly the “130 boys,” a sort of neighborhood gang.</p> <a href="http://wordpress.homicidewatch.org/trenton/files/2016/11/Peter-Charles.jpg"><img src="http://wordpress.homicidewatch.org/trenton/files/2016/11/Peter-Charles-150x150.jpg" alt="Peter Charles " width="150" height="150" class="size-thumbnail wp-image-5009" /></a><p class="wp-caption-text">Peter Charles</p> <p>Teenager Ciony Kirkman became unsuspectingly entangled in this dispute when Charles, a teenager with a lengthy and violent juvenile history, allegedly opened fire on a speeding van carrying the young girl and six others, prosecutors said.</p> <p>Charles, now 18, made his first appearance in adult court at a bail hearing Wednesday after he was waived up in September by family court Judge Lawrence DeBello.<span id="more-5004"></span></p> <p>Charles was 17 years old when he was charged with murder, six counts of aggravated assault and weapons offense in connection with the April 24 slaying that claimed Kirkman, a former student at Daylight/Twilight High School who was involved in dance and cheerleading.<br /> <a href="http://wordpress.homicidewatch.org/trenton/files/2016/04/CionyKirkman1.jpg"><img class="size-medium wp-image-4087" src="http://wordpress.homicidewatch.org/trenton/files/2016/04/CionyKirkman1-300x300.jpg" alt="Ciony Kirkman (contributed photo)" width="300" height="300" srcset="http://wordpress.homicidewatch.org/trenton/files/2016/04/CionyKirkman1-300x300.jpg 300w, http://wordpress.homicidewatch.org/trenton/files/2016/04/CionyKirkman1-150x150.jpg 150w, http://wordpress.homicidewatch.org/trenton/files/2016/04/CionyKirkman1-500x500.jpg 500w, http://wordpress.homicidewatch.org/trenton/files/2016/04/CionyKirkman1-800x800.jpg 800w, http://wordpress.homicidewatch.org/trenton/files/2016/04/CionyKirkman1.jpg 960w" sizes="(max-width: 300px) 100vw, 300px" /></a><p class="wp-caption-text">Ciony Kirkman (contributed photo)</p></p> <p>Prosecutors believe they have Charles dead to rights, their evidence consisting of three witnesses and surveillance tapes they contend show the suspect in the area prior to the shooting.</p> <p>The reasons for the shooting remain speculative.</p> <p><a href="http://trenton.homicidewatch.org/2016/11/09/prosecutors-name-accused-killer-charged-with-shooting-trenton-teen/">The beef apparently stemmed from rap music offensive to members of the “130 boys,” Bruce Throckmorton, Charles’ attorney, had previously told The Trentonian.</a></p> <p>He has denied his client belongs to a gang or neighborhood group.</p> <p>If the dispute was deeper than over music, Assistant Prosecutor James Scott did not let on at the hearing. He would not discuss a motive for the shooting.</p> <p>After the hearing, he said only that Charles targeted one of the other six minors in the stolen Ford Windstar, as it sped down Jersey Street toward Home Avenue.</p> <p>Charles is accused of using a 22-caliber handgun to fire five, possibly six, at the van, Scott said, citing ballistics.</p> <p>The fatal shot traveled through the back windshield and struck Kirkman in the head.</p> <p>“Her brain split in two,” Scott said.</p> <p>Kirkman was on life support and died two days later at a local hospital.</p> <p>Throckmorton countered that the van’s windows were tinted and the shooter did not intend to kill Kirkman. He had previously suggested his client had an alibi for the murder andwas misidentified as the shooter.</p> <p>But Scott said at the hearing that surveillance captured Charles walking toward the shooting scene about a minute or two before gunshots rang out and was shown running away immediately after.</p> <p>The view from the city camera is “good enough” that it picked up when the first shot was fired, Scott said.</p> <p>Additionally, a witness in the van identified Charles as the killer and an “independent witness” who was shown surveillance identified Charles on the tape without prompting from authorities, Scott said.</p> <p>An unrelated investigation also turned up a discarded sweatshirt near the shooting, the prosecutor said.</p> <p>DNA from one of Charles’ relative was discovered on the sweatshirt, Scott said.</p> <p>Summing up the case against the city teen as “powerful,” the prosecutor asked the judge to raise bail from $500,000, pointing to Charles’ past legal scrapes as a youngster.</p> <p>Charles was found delinquent of first- and second-degree crimes that involved a shotgun and a handgun.</p> <p>He was first arrested in October 2012, at the tender age of 14.</p> <p>Charged with aggravated assault and robbery, he was found delinquent in juvenile court of aggravated assault and placed on probation.</p> <p>Later he was charged in another robbery involving a firearm and served time at a New Jersey juvenile detention center.</p> <p>Judge Peter Warshaw increased bail to $750,000, citing the “extraordinary serious” nature of the charges.</p> <p>Charles’ next court date was not available.</p> Isaac AviluceaWed, 30 Nov 2016 12:01:25 -0500http://trenton.homicidewatch.org/2016/11/30/prosecutors-trenton-teens-accused-killer-caught-on-tape/Ciony KirkmanPeter Charles Jr.Prosecutors name accused killer charged with shooting Trenton teenhttp://trenton.homicidewatch.org/2016/11/09/prosecutors-name-accused-killer-charged-with-shooting-trenton-teen/<p>A city teenager accused of killing 16-year-old Ciony Kirkman was quietly waived up as an adult last month to face murder charges in a random killing stemming from an apparent dispute over music disrespectful of a neighborhood gang.</p> <a href="http://wordpress.homicidewatch.org/trenton/files/2016/04/CionyKirkman1.jpg"><img class="size-medium wp-image-4087" src="http://wordpress.homicidewatch.org/trenton/files/2016/04/CionyKirkman1-300x300.jpg" alt="Ciony Kirkman (contributed photo)" width="300" height="300" srcset="http://wordpress.homicidewatch.org/trenton/files/2016/04/CionyKirkman1-300x300.jpg 300w, http://wordpress.homicidewatch.org/trenton/files/2016/04/CionyKirkman1-150x150.jpg 150w, http://wordpress.homicidewatch.org/trenton/files/2016/04/CionyKirkman1-500x500.jpg 500w, http://wordpress.homicidewatch.org/trenton/files/2016/04/CionyKirkman1-800x800.jpg 800w, http://wordpress.homicidewatch.org/trenton/files/2016/04/CionyKirkman1.jpg 960w" sizes="(max-width: 300px) 100vw, 300px" /></a><p class="wp-caption-text">Ciony Kirkman (contributed photo)</p> <p>Teenager Peter Charles Jr. has been charged with murder, six counts of aggravated assault and weapons offenses in connection with the April 24 slaying of Kirkman, who was shot in the head while inside a stolen van with six others minors.</p> <p>A spokeswoman for the prosecutor’s office said criminal complaints were filed in October against Charles, who was 17 years old at the time of the killing. He turned 18 in July.<span id="more-4957"></span></p> <p>The teen suspect's name was not made public by prosecutors until Wednesday, when <em>The Trentonian</em> asked prosecutor Angelo Onofri’s office for an update on the case.</p> <p>The prosecutor's office did not provide a mugshot of the teen suspect.</p> <p>Charles has not made a first appearance as an adult in Mercer County criminal court. His case is being handled by Assistant Prosecutor James Scott.</p> <p>Charles' initial appearance took place at a sealed hearing in juvenile court before Judge Lawrence DeBello, who set bail at $500,000 cash. Juvenile matters are not open to the public.</p> <p>Charles pleaded not guilty to the charges at that hearing, and prosecutors have yet to extend a plea offer, his attorney said.</p> <p>Charles' attorney told <em>The Trentonian</em> in a phone interview Wednesday the case against his client is “nonsensical” and he will explore an alibi to show Charles was not present at the time of the shooting.</p> <p>"We contend that is a misidentification," said defense attorney Bruce Throckmorton, who handled the high-profile police shooting case of injured Trenton teenager Radazz Hearns earlier this year.</p> <p>Throckmorton said he has reviewed grainy surveillance prosecutors contend shows Charles moments before the shooting, walking toward the scene and leaving.</p> <p>Throckmorton said the tapes did not capture the shooting, and he is adamant, “It’s pretty clear it’s not him.”</p> <p>Throckmorton said  witnesses will contradict the prosecution’s witnesses who identified Charles as the gunman. Those defense witnesses have not spoken to police, Throckmorton said.</p> <p>Authorities did not recover a gun, Throckmorton said, and prosecutors don’t have a clear motive for the killing. They don’t need one to get a conviction with a jury.</p> <p>The story, Throckmorton said, is the shooting happened after a Kirkman and six other teens rode up Jersey Street twice in a stolen minivan on April 24.</p> <p>They had come from Oxford Valley Mall in Langhorne, Pa., Throckmorton said, and were apparently bumping rap music which offended members of the “130 boys,” some sort of neighborhood gang.</p> <p>Throckmorton did not know whether the group had connections to the Bloods or Crips street gangs in Trenton, nor could he say why they were perturbed by music blaring from the stolen Ford Windstar.</p> <p>Throckmorton said his client is not a gang member.</p> <p>As the minivan made the return trip, it was lit up by a gunman, Throckmorton said.</p> <p>Police have said the minivan was ambushed by gunfire on Jersey Street around 6:30 p.m. on April 24.</p> <p>Several sources contended to <em>The Trentonian</em> that residents of Jersey Street were warned the street was “going to be lit up like a firecracker” prior to the shooting.</p> <p>Minutes after the warning, sources say, they heard at least a dozen gunshots in rapid succession.</p> <p>Kirkman was struck in the head, was on life support and died two days later at a local hospital. Her death touched a nerve in the capital city and was one in a spate of killings where the victims were teenagers.</p> <p>“How would my guy know the van’s coming?” Throckmorton said. “There’s pieces missing, and I can’t imagine those pieces would tell us the whole story.”</p> <p>Throckmorton said his client has no known connection to Kirkman. He said his client may have known other individuals in the car, which was a mix of males and females.</p> <p>The owner of the stolen minivan was identified and doesn’t appear to a connection to Charles or Kirkman, Throckmorton said.</p> <p>Kirkman was a student at Daylight/Twilight High School. She became the city’s fifth murder victim.</p> <p>Her funeral service was interrupted by an unfounded report of gunfire, police said.</p> <p>Charles is still being held at the Middlesex juvenile detention center.</p> <p>Throckmorton will ask a judge to reconsider lowering his client’s bail at a future hearing.</p> <p>The defense attorney understands he is swimming upstream with city residents who were outraged about the murder.</p> <p>“Any homicide is upsetting,” Throckmorton said. “You would hope people would be upset. None of it is OK. Doesn’t mean it was this kid.”</p> Isaac AviluceaWed, 09 Nov 2016 15:38:19 -0500http://trenton.homicidewatch.org/2016/11/09/prosecutors-name-accused-killer-charged-with-shooting-trenton-teen/Ciony KirkmanTeen arrested for killing Trenton teen Ciony Kirkman could be tried in adult courthttp://trenton.homicidewatch.org/2016/05/09/teen-arrested-for-killing-trenton-teen-ciony-kirkman-could-be-tried-in-adult-court/<p>Prosecutors will try a city teen accused of fatally shooting 16-year-old Ciony Kirkman as an adult, officials confirmed.</p> <a href="http://wordpress.homicidewatch.org/trenton/files/2016/04/CionyKirkman1.jpg"><img class="size-medium wp-image-4087" src="http://wordpress.homicidewatch.org/trenton/files/2016/04/CionyKirkman1-300x300.jpg" alt="Ciony Kirkman (contributed photo)" width="300" height="300" /></a><p class="wp-caption-text">Ciony Kirkman (contributed photo)</p> <p>The 17-year-old boy has been charged with murder, six counts of aggravated assault and weapons offenses. His name and photo have not been released because of his age.</p> <p>Casey DeBlasio, spokeswoman for the Mercer County Prosecutor’s Office, said prosecutors will ask a judge to allow them to try the teen as an adult. Prosecutors have 30 days to ask for the waiver to adult court, she said.<span id="more-4193"></span></p> <p>“The office will be seeking to waive him to adult court,” DeBlasio said. “He would not have a bail hearing unless or until the waiver is granted by the judge and adult criminal complaints are filed.”</p> <p>The teen was arrested at a relative’s house by U.S. Marshals late last month. He is being held at the Middlesex County Youth Detention Center.</p> <p>Kirkman, a student at Daylight/Twilight High School, was the city’s fifth murder victim of the year. She was shot in the head while she and six other juveniles were inside a Ford Windstar that was reported stolen.</p> <p>The stolen minivan was ambushed by gunfire on Jersey Street around<span data-term="goog_1123944703">6:30 p.m.</span> April 24, police said.</p> <p>Several sources told The Trentonian residents of Jersey Street were warned the street was “going to be lit up like a firecracker” prior to the shooting.</p> <p>Minutes after the warning, sources say, they heard at least a dozen gunshots in rapid succession.</p> <p>Kirkman died <span data-term="goog_1123944704">two days later</span>. Her funeral service over the weekend was interrupted by an unfounded report of gunfire, police said.</p> Isaac AviluceaMon, 09 May 2016 11:57:24 -0400http://trenton.homicidewatch.org/2016/05/09/teen-arrested-for-killing-trenton-teen-ciony-kirkman-could-be-tried-in-adult-court/Ciony KirkmanMale teen arrested in connection with Ciony Kirkman's deathhttp://trenton.homicidewatch.org/2016/05/02/male-teen-arrested-in-connection-with-ciony-kirkmans-death/<a href="http://wordpress.homicidewatch.org/trenton/files/2016/05/rsz_21191152.jpg"><img src="http://wordpress.homicidewatch.org/trenton/files/2016/05/rsz_21191152-500x375.jpg" alt="Sunday&#039;s third annual Unity Walk attracted more than 100 people who marched through the city visiting places where homicide victims have been slain. (Penny Ray - Trentonian)" width="500" height="375" class="size-large wp-image-4160" /></a><p class="wp-caption-text">Sunday's third annual Unity Walk attracted more than 100 people who marched through the city visiting places where homicide victims have been slain. (Penny Ray - Trentonian)</p> <p>A city teen was arrested last week in connection with the shooting death of 16-year-old <a href="http://trenton.homicidewatch.org/victims/ciony-kirkman/">Ciony Kirkman</a>. </p> <p>Prosecutors say a 17-year-old male, whose name has not been released because he is a juvenile, was arrested late Friday at a relative’s house in the city and charged in connection with Kirkman’s death. <span id="more-4159"></span></p> <a href="http://wordpress.homicidewatch.org/trenton/files/2016/04/CionyKirkman1.jpg"><img src="http://wordpress.homicidewatch.org/trenton/files/2016/04/CionyKirkman1-150x150.jpg" alt="Ciony Kirkman (contributed photo)" width="150" height="150" class="size-thumbnail wp-image-4087" /></a><p class="wp-caption-text">Ciony Kirkman (contributed photo)</p> <p>Kirkman became this year’s <a href="http://trenton.homicidewatch.org/photo-gallery/2016/">fifth murder victim</a> after the vehicle she occupied was ambushed by gunfire on Jersey Street around 6:30 p.m. on April 24. </p> <p>Several sources told The Trentonian <a href="http://www.trentonian.com/general-news/20160425/sources-jersey-street-residents-were-warned-before-shooting">residents of Jersey Street were warned</a> the street was “going to be lit up like a firecracker” prior to the shooting.</p> <p>Minutes after the warning, sources say, they heard at least a dozen gunshots in rapid succession.</p> <p>Kirman was struck in the head by a bullet that traveled through the rear windshield of the minivan she occupied. Police say Kirkman was with six other juveniles in a Ford Windstar that was previously reported stolen. </p> <p>She <a href="http://trenton.homicidewatch.org/2016/04/27/teenage-girl-shot-sunday-dies-two-days-later/">died two days after</a> the incident. </p> <p>The 17-year-old male who was arrested Friday is charged with murder, six counts of aggravated assault and related weapons offenses. He is being held at the Middlesex County Youth Detention Center.</p> Penny RayMon, 02 May 2016 14:01:55 -0400http://trenton.homicidewatch.org/2016/05/02/male-teen-arrested-in-connection-with-ciony-kirkmans-death/Ciony KirkmanTeenage girl shot Sunday dies two days laterhttp://trenton.homicidewatch.org/2016/04/27/teenage-girl-shot-sunday-dies-two-days-later/<a href="http://wordpress.homicidewatch.org/trenton/files/2016/04/CionyKirkman1.jpg"><img src="http://wordpress.homicidewatch.org/trenton/files/2016/04/CionyKirkman1-500x500.jpg" alt="Ciony Kirkman (contributed photo)" width="500" height="500" class="size-large wp-image-4087" /></a><p class="wp-caption-text">Ciony Kirkman (contributed photo)</p> <p>The teenage girl who was shot in the head over the weekend while in a minivan on Jersey Street was declared legally dead Tuesday night. </p> <p><a href="http://trenton.homicidewatch.org/victims/ciony-kirkman/">Ciony Kirkman</a>, 16, was declared legally dead at Capital Health Regional Medical Center around 10:30 p.m. Tuesday. </p> <p>Kirkman was inside a stolen minivan with a group of other kids when the vehicle was ambushed by gunfire on Jersey Street around 6:30 p.m. Sunday. </p> <p>Several sources told The Trentonian that <a href="http://www.trentonian.com/general-news/20160425/sources-jersey-street-residents-were-warned-before-shooting">residents of Jersey Street were warned</a> the street was “going to be lit up like a firecracker” minutes prior to the shooting. <span id="more-4080"></span></p> <p>Sources say minutes after the warning, they heard at least a dozen gunshots in rapid succession.</p> <p>Police say Kirkman was in a stolen Ford Windstar with six other juveniles when someone fired gunshots at the vehicle. At least one bullet traveled through the minivan’s rear windshield. After it was hit, the vehicle traveled to the intersection of Beatty Street and South Clinton Avenue and police were dispatched to the area.</p> <p>Several of Kirkman's friends and family members visited the hospital after the incident, hopeful that she would recover from her injuries. Many of them also posted messages to social media wishing Kirkman a speedy recovery. Those messages of optimism turned to sorrow after the news of her death spread throughout the community.</p> <p>"Ciony didn't deserve this," Jessica Torres wrote in a message to The Trentonian. "She was like a sister to me. We've known each other since kindergarten. She loved to dance; she was always dancing and smiling."</p> <a href="http://wordpress.homicidewatch.org/trenton/files/2016/04/PullThrough4Ciony.jpg"><img src="http://wordpress.homicidewatch.org/trenton/files/2016/04/PullThrough4Ciony-300x225.jpg" alt="Ciony Kirkman&#039;s friends posted get well soon messages on social media after hearing she was shot. (Facebook photo) " width="300" height="225" class="size-medium wp-image-4086" /></a><p class="wp-caption-text">Ciony Kirkman's friends posted get well soon messages on social media after hearing she was shot. (Facebook photo)</p> <p>Her classmates said Kirkman was a student at Daylight/Twilight Alternative High School, and that she was involved in dance and cheerleading. They described her as "a good person." </p> <p>A spokesperson for the Trenton Board of Education issued a written statement Wednesday afternoon expressing sympathy and condolences, and the school district sent crisis counselors to console grieving students.</p> <p>"Our hearts are heavy as we absorb the news of the tragedy," the statement said. "The loss has affected the entire school community at Daylight Twilight H.S., Trenton Central High School – Chambers Campus and Dunn Middle School. At times like these, we are all family, and we all mourn together."</p> <p>By all accounts, Kirkman was an innocent bystander caught in the wrong place at the wrong time. Sources believe the target of the shooting was in the minivan with Kirkman and several other kids. </p> <p>The shooting sparked an outcry from community leaders who held a <a href="http://www.trentonian.com/general-news/20160426/trenton-pastor-leads-anti-violence-rally-48-hours-after-teen-girl-shot">stop-the-violence rally</a> in Trenton's South Ward Tuesday night to begin a movement aimed at preventing gun violence in the capital city. </p> <p>Kirkman is the <a href="http://trenton.homicidewatch.org/photo-gallery/2016/">fifth person to be killed in Trenton</a> this year. </p> <p>Police have not released a suspect description, nor a motive for the shooting.</p> <a href="http://wordpress.homicidewatch.org/trenton/files/2016/04/rsz_21107839.jpg"><img src="http://wordpress.homicidewatch.org/trenton/files/2016/04/rsz_21107839-300x225.jpg" alt="At a Stop the Violence rally in Trenton, several people spoke about the need for parents to teach kids respect for themselves and others. (Penny Ray - Trentonian)" width="300" height="225" class="size-medium wp-image-4090" /></a><p class="wp-caption-text">At a Stop the Violence rally in Trenton, several people spoke about the need for parents to teach kids respect for themselves and others. (Penny Ray - Trentonian)</p> <p>Anyone with information about the incident is asked to call the Mercer County Homicide Task Force at (609) 989-6406 or contact the Trenton Police confidential tip line at (609) 989-3663. Individuals may also call the Trenton Crime Stoppers tip line at (609) 278-8477. Those wishing to text a tip can send a message labeledTCSTIPS to Trenton Crime Stoppers at 274637.</p> <p><iframe src="http://trenton.homicidewatch.org/api/v1/homicides/143.html" width="100%" height="350" frameborder=0></iframe></p> Penny RayWed, 27 Apr 2016 08:25:54 -0400http://trenton.homicidewatch.org/2016/04/27/teenage-girl-shot-sunday-dies-two-days-later/Ciony Kirkman