Prosecutor: 18-year-old identified in Jersey City murder of teen shot at party


An 18-year-old Jersey City man has been identified in the shooting death of another local teen at a church hall party on August 9, Hudson County Prosecutor Esther Suarez announced.

Daequan Jackson. Photo courtesy of the Hudson County Prosecutor's Office.
Daequan Jackson. Photo courtesy of the Hudson County Prosecutor’s Office.

By John Heinis/Hudson County View

Daequan Jackson, 18, of Jersey City, has been issued an arrest warrant for murder, two counts of aggravated assault and multiple weapons-related offenses, officials said.

On Tuesday, August 9, at approximately 11:25 p.m., Jersey City police were dispatched to 517 Communipaw Ave., The Holy Ghost Tabernacle Ministries church, on a report of shots fired. Upon arrival, police found an unresponsive male with a gunshot  wound to his upper body, authorities said.

The victim was later identified as Leander Williams, 17, of Jersey City. The victim was transported to Jersey City Medical Center – Barnabas health, where he was pronounced dead at approximately 12 a.m. on Wednesday, August 10, the prosecutor’s office said.

A second and third victim, a 16-year-old female and a 12-year-old female, were also transported, treated and released from the same hospital for wounds to their upper body, officials said.

Anyone with information on the current whereabouts of Daequan Jackson is asked to contact the Hudson County Prosecutor’s Office Homicide Unit at (201) 915-1345 or leave an anonymous tip on the Hudson County Prosecutor’s Office official website at

All information will be kept confidential. Furthermore, Jackson should not be approached since he is considered armed and dangerous, police said.