Tuesday, August 7, 2007

Terrance Aeriel, Iofemi Hightower and Dashon Harvey Murdered in Gang Style Shooting an Example of Broken Campaign Promises? Arrest Update:8-19

(Update on all arrested suspects to date is at the bottom of the original article: Carranza, Godinez, Alfaro, and undisclosed minor(s).

When Mayor Booker was running for office in Newark, he promised a crack down on crime so that good people could live and improve their lives without fear. But an election later and four friends had their promising lives end because of crime. They all planned to be at the same college (Delaware State) in a few days. But that all changed with a few gun shots associated with an apparent robbery attempt. Several assailants ended the dreams of these individuals in Newark where the murder rate has risen 50 percent since 1998. The three victims were shot at close range while they were forced to kneel against a wall. A young woman was also wounded.
There have been 60 killings in Newark's this year to 60. Mayor Cory A. Booker promised last year to reduce crime. "He doesn't deserve another day, another second, while our children are at stake," said Donna Jackson, president of Take Back Our Streets organization.

Terrance Aeriel, 18, Iofemi Hightower, 20, and Dashon Harvey, 20 were killed with so much life ahead of them. Aeriel's 19-year-old sister, Natasha, was hospitalized in fair condition with a gunshot wound to the head. Authorities are investigating the crime but have made no arrests. "They were good kids," said Essex County Prosecutor Paula Dow. This is an understatement. By all accounts, they were great kids who served as an example that one could improve their lives by education and working within the law. They will be sadly missed.
Update: 8-9-07: Jose Carranza age 31 turned himself in on three counts of first degree murder, one count of attempted murder and other charges. A 15 year old is already in custody and will be charged as an adult. One or more other suspects are being sought. All our innocent until proven guilty.
Update: 8-10-07 A finger print on a beer bottle and testimony from Natasha have apparently helped police identify suspects and/or person of interest. Apparently one more adult and two teens are being sought for questioning.
Update: 8-13-07
Police issued a warrant for Rodolfo Godinez, 24. Three others have been arrested. Godinez (a.k.a. Rodolfo Gomez) is a Nicaraguan national who lived in Newark's Ivy Hill section.
Update: 8-19-07 Two more suspects were found in suburban Washington. Rodolfo Godinez, a 24-year-old Nicaraguan immigrant, was arrested in Oxon Hill, Md. He is held on $1 million bail and charged with three counts of first degree murder said Carolyn Murray, first assistant prosecutor for Essex County. Alexander Alfaro, 16, allegedly Godinez's half brother, was arrested in Woodbridge, Va. on similar charges. Authorities are still searching for an additional suspect.
Update 4-30-10: A 19 year old woman who was shot and stabbed, is a trial witness for the prosecution. Two other defendants were charged with sexual assault. The young woman "was also marched to her death that night" but fortunately she survived. According to the prosecuton, Terrance Aeriel (T.J.) texted the woman that "it's time to go," after he saw four more men show up at the playground. The victims were forced to lie on the ground and surrender their money and cell phones before they could leave. Three were allegedly taken down a set of stairs and shot. The lone survivor was apparently sexually assaulted and cut. When she ran, she was shot in the head.
Attorney Roy Greenman represent defendant Godinez. He claims Godinez did not participate in the attack. The surviving victim apparently identified the other defendants as the shooters.
Suspects ranged from 15 to 28 years old at the time of the killings. Three juveniles will be tried as adults. All six suspects face murder, felony murder, robbery and weapons counts in addition to the sexual assault charges against Jose Carranza, the oldest defendant, and Shahid Baskerville, who was 15 at the time. Prosecutors believe that the killings were part of a gang initiation. After the killings, Newark installed surveillance cameras in some neighborhoods. 2008 statistics suggest that Newark's murder rate had dropped by nearly 40 percent. For more on the trial read: charlotteobserver.com
Update 1-18-11: Due to Halo spamming, any future comment on this thread must be mailed to legalpub@legalpub.net for prescreening. Sorry, but as Legal Pub has become more popular, the spamming has increased to the point that editors can't write as many new stories or update old articles.

33 comments:

Anonymous said...

I hope they catch these bastards!

Anonymous said...

Wondered if you would address this story and if you did who you would blame. The mayor is not responsible for the crime. Every politician makes promises he can't keep.

Anonymous said...

Newark has become a sewer and this is just part of the stink.

Anonymous said...

Do you mean cesspool?

Anonymous said...

Mayor suggests on TV it is not a political issue. How come it was part of his campaign before he was elected if it is not a political issue.


George

Anonymous said...

More cops on the street are necessary.

B.N. said...

Good example of a wasting of young peoples lives and talents. Hope the criminals are caught and given the death penalty.


B.N.

r.t. said...

When will they catch this scum?

R.T.

Anonymous said...

Mayor needs to budget more cops on the street!

brad said...

More anti gang programs too.

Brad

jimbo said...

What a waste!

Jimbo

Legal Pub said...

It is possible that Jose Carranza may just be an interested party. With the help of his lawyer, he turned himself in. While I think prosecutors are intent on charging him with robbery and murder, he may have a defense... Perhaps two more individuals are being sought. While there is no official word, the 15 year old boy is believed to be Hispanic. The other suspects are also believed to be Hispanic.

Stay tuned.

Viper said...

Is Carranza's lawyer Felix Lopez Montalvo?

Legal Pub said...

Yes. Montalvo is a buddy of Mayor Booker. He arranged for the surrender. Not sure how this will all play out...

Legal Pub said...

Supposedly, they are looking for one more adult and two more teens...

Anonymous said...

Think death penalty!

Anonymous said...

Dashon Harvey,and the others R.I.P.

jill said...

Natasha has survived.

Jill

Larry said...

If Jose Carranza pulled the trigger, why would he turn himself in?

concerned citizen said...

Is it really Mayor Booker's fault that the crime rate is out of control?

Anonymous said...

Both Jose and the teen have entered pleas of not guilty.

Viper said...

Jose apparently does not even speak English

ralph said...

It appears this may have been Hispanics targeting African Americans. While it has not been confirmed, it has been strongly rumored that the other suspects are also Hispanic.

Ralph

Anonymous said...

Looks like a gang style shooting...

Only the victims were part of a band not a gang. Maybe the criminals were too stupid to know the difference.

Gwen

Anonymous said...

Just a bunch of idiot murderers...

Anonymous said...

Hope they hang the kids as adults too if they are guilty!

Anonymous said...

If we crack down on illegal immigration, maybe we won't have these illegal thugs killing people in our country!

Sally

jamal said...

Crack down on all thugs illegal aliens and residents!

Jamal

Anonymous said...

this is rediclous....they should be excuted just like they did those kids.....make them suffer
shoot them and let them fell the pain
let them die a slow and painful death

Anonymous said...

Two wrongs never make a right. Let's reform the suspects and live in harmony.


P.I.P.

Legal Pub said...

Update 4-30-10: A 19 year old woman who was shot and stabbed, is a trial witness for the prosecution. Two other defendants were charged with sexual assault. The young woman "was also marched to her death that night" but fortunately she survived. According to the prosecuton, Terrance Aeriel (T.J.) texted the woman that "it's time to go," after he saw four more men show up at the playground. The victims were forced to lie on the ground and surrender their money and cell phones before they could leave. Three were allegedly taken down a set of stairs and shot. The lone survivor was apparently sexually assaulted and cut. When she ran, she was shot in the head.
Attorney Roy Greenman represent defendant Godinez. He claims Godinez did not participate in the attack. The surviving victim apparently identified the other defendants as the shooters.
Suspects ranged from 15 to 28 years old at the time of the killings. Three juveniles will be tried as adults. All six suspects face murder, felony murder, robbery and weapons counts in addition to the sexual assault charges against Jose Carranza, the oldest defendant, and Shahid Baskerville, who was 15 at the time. Prosecutors believe that the killings were part of a gang initiation. After the killings, Newark installed surveillance cameras in some neighborhoods. 2008 statistics suggest that Newark's murder rate had dropped by nearly 40 percent. For more on the trial read: charlotteobserver.com

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Legal Pub said...

Update 1-18-11: Due to Halo spamming, any future comment on this thread must be mailed to legalpub@legalpub.net for prescreening. Sorry, but as Legal Pub has become more popular, the spamming has increased to the point that editors can't write as many new stories or update old articles