According to law enforcement, both murders occurred within a 24-hour time period in Newark, New Jersey.
The first homicide victim was shot and killed in the West Ward. Essex County prosecutors said that the 24-year-old victim was killed as a result of gunfire while he stood only a few feet away from his home.
Several people who identified themselves as the victim’s friends spoke with Newark NJ police and offered details about the victim’s death.
The second murder occurred the next day at an apartment building on the 100 block of Flemming Avenue in Newark, New Jersey.
Newark NJ police dispatched officers to a second-floor apartment in the area after receiving a complaint about domestic violence. When police officers arrived at the scene, they discovered the 41-year-old victim lying on his bed.
The victim had sustained a stab wound. This prompted police to rush the victim to Rutgers University Hospital. However, doctors at the hospital were not able to save the victim’s life.
Medical examiners later determined that the second stabbing death constituted criminal homicide.
The Newark Police Department and the Essex County Prosecutor’s Office are conducting a joint investigation into the murders. Authorities have not yet identified any suspects in the killings.
If investigators can eventually identify and locate a suspect in either case, it is likely that serious criminal charges for homicide would follow. As set forth by N.J.S.A. 2C:11-3, the purposeful or knowing killing of another person is considered as a first degree felony. A conviction on first degree murder charges could lead to life imprisonment, with a minimum term of incarceration of 30 years in New Jersey State Prison.
For additional information about these cases, view NJ.com article entitled “Fatal Stabbing in Newark is Second Homicide in a Day.”