Prosecutor: Jersey City man arrested for killing mother as suspicious fire remains under investigation

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A Jersey City man was arrested this morning for killing his mother as a suspicious fire at her home remains under investigation, Hudson County Prosecutor Esther Suarez announced.

Terrance Nelson. File photo via the Passaic County Prosecutor’s Office.

By John Heinis/Hudson County View

Terrance Nelson, 29, was arrested without incident at his mother’s home at 18 Virginia Ave. by homicide unit detectives and Jersey City police just after 8 a.m. today, Suarez said in a statement.

Nelson was charged with the murder of his 60-year-old mother on Thursday.

On Thursday, just before 1 a.m., members of the Jersey City Police and Fire Departments responded on a call of a disturbance at 18 Virginia Ave. Responding units found a female victim in the building’s first floor in critical condition.

The victim, later identified as Jacqueline Nelson, 60, was transported to the Jersey City
Medical Center where she succumbed to her injuries and was pronounced dead at
approximately 4:14 a.m.

The cause and manner of death are pending the findings of the Regional Medical Examiner’s Office. The fire was reported under control at approximately 1:21 a.m.

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

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