8 Jersey City Marion Gardens gang members charged with racketeering, murder, various shootings

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Eight members of a Jersey City gang associated with the Marion Gardens Housing Complex have been charged with dozens of crimes that include racketeering, murder, and various shootings, Acting U.S. Attorney Rachel Honig announced.

By John Heinis/Hudson County View

The indictment charges Jervon Morris, aka “Sticky,” 32; Jalil Holmes, aka “Broad Day,” aka “BD,” 21; Kevin Williams, aka “KK,” aka “Kay,” 27; Jakeem Gibson-Madison, aka “Beanz,” 27; K’shawn Jackson, aka “Lil Kay,” 21; Lakief Grayson, aka “Lala,” aka “La Greaz,” 30; Willie Williams, aka “Willz,” 30; and Terick Rogers, aka “Moot,” 29, all of Jersey City.

The charges are the result of a long-running investigation by the FBI, the Hudson County Prosecutor’s Office, and the Jersey City Police Department.

Morris, Holmes, Kevin Williams, Gibson-Madison, Jackson, Grayson, Willie Williams, and Rogers, are all members and associates of the neighborhood street gang associated with the Marion Gardens Housing Complex, according to court documents.

Members and associates of the Marion Gardens street gang routinely distribute crack cocaine and heroin, among other controlled substances, in and around the Marion Gardens Housing Complex.

Members and associates of the gang also engaged in acts of violence, including numerous assaults, shootings, and murders, which targeted rival gang members and others.

For example, on July 28th, 2011, Morris, Kevin Williams, and another member of the Marion Gardens street gang, murdered a victim identified as A.C. in the area of Gifford Avenue and Bergen Avenue.

On November 5th, 2017, members and associates of the Marion Gardens street gang shot a victim identified as C.C. in the area of Van Nostrand Avenue and Bergen Avenue.

Just a few weeks later on November 26th, 2017, members and associates of the Marion Gardens street gang shot victim T.C. in the area of Warner Avenue and Martin Luther King Drive.

Then, on December 3rd, 2017, Holmes and other members and associates of the Marion Gardens street gang murdered victim R.S. in the area of Warner Avenue and Martin Luther King Drive.

Authorities documented several similar incidents in 2018 and 2019 as well.

On February 7th, 2018, Kevin Williams and another member of the Marion Gardens street gang assaulted victim R.B. in the area of Summit Avenue and Magnolia Avenue.

Additionally, on June 30th, 2018, Holmes, Rogers, and Jackson shot five people – victim K.C., victim D.A., victim J.W., victim C.F., and victim R.H. – while celebrating “Meech Day” in honor of a deceased fellow gang member.

On July 6th, 2018, Holmes, Jackson, Gibson-Madison, and at least one other member of the Marion Gardens street gang traveled to the area of Wilkinson Avenue, at which time Victim A.W. and Victim R.H. were shot.

Furthermore, on January 9th, 2019, Holmes and Gibson-Madison traveled to the area of Grant Avenue and Ocean Avenue to retaliate for the murder of a fellow gang member, at which time Holmes shot Victim M.G. and Victim T.S. and attempted to shoot Victim E.M.

The final documented incident is from June 9th, 2019, after being shot at by rival gang member, Victim K.G., brandished a firearm and attempted to shoot back at Victim K.G.

Honig credited special agents of the FBI, under the direction of Special Agent in Charge George M. Crouch, Jr., investigators of the Hudson County Prosecutor’s Office, under the direction of Prosecutor Esther Suarez, and the Jersey City Police Department, under the direction of Public Safety Director James Shea, for the investigation leading to the indictment.

This investigation was conducted as part of the Jersey City Violent Crime Initiative (VCI).

The VCI was formed in 2018 by the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the District of New Jersey, the Hudson County Prosecutor’s Office, and the Jersey City Police Department, for the sole purpose of combatting violent crime in and around Jersey City.