UPDATED: Two 19-year-old women, 24-year-old man, charged for fatal shooting of 17-year-old Jersey City girl


Two 19-year-old women and a 24-year-old man have been charged for the fatal shooting a 17-year-old Jersey City girl earlier this month, authorities said.

Heavenley Cherry, Jahquell Carter, and Izmae Tinker-Trent. Photos courtesy of the Hudson County Prosecutor’s Office.

By John Heinis/Hudson County View

“The Hudson County Prosecutor’s Office Homicide Unit has charged two 19-year-old women and a 24-year-old man in the July 6th fatal shooting of a 17-year-old Jersey City girl. More info to follow,” the law enforcement agency tweeted this morning.

At 11:02 a.m., Hudson County Prosecutor Esther Suarez released more information.

Heavenley Cherry, 19, of Jersey City, has been charged with murder, murder as an accomplice, conspiracy to commit murder, possession of a weapon for unlawful purposes and unlawful possession of a weapon, authorities said.

Jahquell Carter, 24, of Jersey City, was charged with the same crimes as Cherry except for murder.

Cherry is currently being detained at the Bergen County Youth Detention Center on an unrelated matter.

Meanwhile, Carter remains at large and anyone with information about his whereabouts should contact the Hudson County Prosecutor’s Office Homicide Unit at 201-915-1345 or to leave an anonymous tip at: http://www.hudsoncountyprosecutorsofficenj.org/homicide-tip/.

All information will be kept confidential. If anyone sees or encounters Carter, he should not be approached and police should be contacted immediately.

Additionally, Izmae Tinker-Trent, 19, of Jersey City, has also been charged with hindering a murder investigation.

She is scheduled to make her first court appearance on Tuesday, July 28th.

They had previously announced that on Monday, July 6th, just after 10:30 p.m., members of the Jersey City Police Department responded to shots fired in the area of Rutgers Avenue and New Street, she said in a statement.

Responding officers found the victim, a 17-year-old Jersey City teen, later identified as Tyeah Garner, with a gunshot wound to the upper body. The victim was transported to the Jersey City Medical Center where she was pronounced dead at 4:36 a.m. this morning.

The cause and manner of death are pending the findings of the Regional Medical Examiner’s Office.


Editor’s note: This story has been updated with new information.