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Two Men Arrested for Murder of 17 Year-Old Elizabeth Boy


Authorities arrested two Elizabeth men Wednesday for a fatal shooting that took place in Elizabeth this past September, Union County officials announced on Friday.

According to officials, Tyreek Howard, 31 and Ali Karim, 18, both of Elizabeth, are charged with murder, unlawful possession of a firearm and possession of a firearm for an unlawful purpose in connection with the shooting death of Paul Baez, 17, of Elizabeth.

Officials said that shortly before 2:30 p.m. on September 27 Elizabeth Police Department Patrol units responded to the 100 block of Fulton Street where they found Baez, having sustained multiple gunshot wounds.  

He was subsequently pronounced dead, said Assistant Prosecutor Jillian Reyes, who is prosecuting the case.

An investigation led by the Union County Prosecutor’s Office Homicide Task Force and the Elizabeth Police Department, with the assistance of the Union County Sheriff’s Office Crime Scene Unit and the Union County Police Department Ballistics Unit led to the identification of Howard and Karim as the suspects.  

They were both arrested Wednesday in Elizabeth and subsequently lodged in the County Jail pending initial Court appearances.    

“We appreciate the hard work and the collaboration with our local law enforcement agencies who assisted our Office in locating and apprehending the suspects,” Prosecutor Daniel said. 

“And we hope that this arrest can bring some small measure of comfort to all those grieving Mr. Baez.”

This matter is ongoing and anyone with information is being urged to contact Prosecutor’s Office Homicide Task Force Sergeant Lamar Hartsfield at (908) 451-1873, Detective Sean Holcomb (908) 358-8377 or Elizabeth Police Department Detective Edward Benenati at (908) 328-6972.