Prosecutor: 2 Jersey City men arrested for fatal shooting of 17-year-old girl

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Two Jersey City men have been arrested for the fatal shooting of a 17-year-old girl last week, Hudson County Prosecutor Esther Suarez announced.

Darby Shirden and Shaquan Rush. Photos courtesy of the Hudson County Prosecutor’s Office.

By John Heinis/Hudson County View

The Hudson County Prosecutor’s Homicide Unit arrested and charged Darby Shirden and Shaquan Rush, both 20 and from Jersey City, in connection with the shooting death of 17-year-old Stephanie Jacques – as well as the attempted murder of an 18-year-old man, Suarez said in a statement.

Shirden was arrested last night just after 11 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 after 9 a.m. this morning at 17 Bayside Place.

Shirden and Rush have both been charged 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, authorities said.

On Wednesday, April 1, 2020, just 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 founded an 18-year-old male victim who had sustained gunshot wound(s) to the lower body and was transported to the Jersey City Medical Center where he was treated.

The second victim, a 17-year-old female, later identified as Jacques, was located on the corner of Martin Luther King Drive and Oak Street.

Jacques also sustained a gunshot wound to her lower body and was transported to the Jersey City Medical Center for treatment and was later released.

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

The cause of death was determined to be from a gunshot wound and the manner of death was determined to be homicide.

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

This is the first of four Jersey City homicides in April, which all occurred in less than a week’s time, that have been solved.