3rd man charged in connection to fatal April shooting of 17-year-old Jersey City girl

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A third person has been arrested and charged in connection to a fatal April shooting of a 17-year-old Jersey City girl, Hudson County Prosecutor Esther Suarez announced.

Jeremy Perez. Photo courtesy of the Hudson County Prosecutor’s Office.

By John Heinis/Hudson County View

On December 4th, at approximately 6:45 p.m., members of the Jersey City Police
Department arrested a man in connection with the April 1st shooting death of 17-year-old Stephanie Jacques and the attempted murder of an 18-year-old man in Jersey City, Suarez said in a statement.

Jeremy Perez, 22, of Jersey City, was arrested in the area of Danforth Avenue and Old
Bergen Road in Jersey City. He is the third Jersey City man arrested and charged in this shooting incident.

Perez has been charged by the Hudson County Prosecutor’s Office Homicide Unit with murder, attempted murder, conspiracy to commit murder, possession of a weapon
(firearm) for an unlawful purpose, unlawful possession of a weapon and receiving stolen property.

On April 1st, shortly before 8:00 p.m., members of the Jersey City Police Department
responded to a report of shots fired in the area of Martin Luther King Drive and Forrest Street.

Responding officers found an 18-year-old male victim who had sustained gunshot wound(s) to the lower body and was transported to Jersey City Medical Center where he was treated.

The second victim, a 17-year-old female, later identified as Stephanie Jacques, was located on the corner of Martin Luther King Drive and Oak Street. Jacques also sustained a gunshot wound to her lower body.

She was transported to Jersey City Medical Center for treatment and was later released. She was re-transported to Jersey City Medical Center on the morning of April 2nd and pronounced dead at 10:57 a.m.

The cause of death was gunshot wound and the manner of death was homicide.

The Hudson County Prosecutor’s Homicide Unit previously arrested and charged Jersey City
residents Darby Shirden and Shaquan Rush, both 20 years old, in connection with the shooting.

Shirden was arrested on April 7th, just after 11:00 p.m. without incident at 116 Old Bergen
Road, with the assistance of the Jersey City Police Department Street Crimes Unit, while Rush was arrested without incident on April 8th just after 9:00 a.m. at 17 Bayside Place.

They were each charged with murder, attempted murder, conspiracy to commit murder, possession of a firearm for an unlawful purpose, unlawful possession of a firearm,
and receiving stolen property.

Suarez credited the Hudson County Prosecutor’s Office Homicide Unit and the Jersey
City Police Department for the investigation and arrests.