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Two Newark Men Arrested for the Murder of 16-Year-Old in Jersey City

Jersey City

By:Yuritza Arroyo

 Authorities in Jersey City announced that two Newark men have been arrested in connection with the shooting death of 16-year-old Kaheem Taylor in Jersey City on March 29, 2021.

According to Jersey City officials, Khalil Kelley, 23, is charged with Murder, a crime of the first degree; Conspiracy to Commit Murder, a crime of the first degree; Possession of a Weapon for an Unlawful Purpose, Unlawful Possession of Weapon, and Certain Persons Not to Possess a Firearm.

Prosecutor Suarez said Roger Pickett Jr., 22, is charged with Murder as an Accomplice, a crime of the first-degree, and Conspiracy to Commit Murder.

Kelley was arrested by members of the United States Marshals Service New York/New Jersey Regional Fugitive Task Force at his place of employment in Hillside on Friday, December 9.

According to officials, Pickett Jr. was arrested at the Hudson County Correctional Facility, where he is being detained on charges relating to the fatal shooting of Jovahn Horne in Jersey City on November 1.

Both are being held at the Hudson County Correctional Facility pending their first court appearances.

According Prosecutor Suarez, Jersey City police, on Monday, March 29, 2021, just after 10:30 p.m., officers responded to a report of shots fired in the area of 83 Bergen Avenue in Jersey City.

Police say responding officers found a male victim – later identified as Kaheem Taylor, 16 – with apparent gunshot wounds to the upper body.

He was transported to Jersey City Medical Center, where he was pronounced dead at 11:15 p.m.