Charges Against Summit Teens Upgraded To Murder

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ELIZABETH — Authorities have upgraded charges against three teenagers accused in the beating death of a Summit man, Union County Prosecutor Theodore J. Romankow announced today.

Complaints were signed yesterday against Khayri Williams-Clark, 18, of Summit, Nigel Dumas, 19, of Morristown, and a 17-year-old from Summit upgrading their charges from manslaughter to murder, said Romankow.

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The 17-year-old is being held in the county juvenile detention center and authorities are not releasing his name due to his age. Williams-Clark’s bail has been maintained at $100,000 and Dumas is currently being held in the Union County Jail on $250,000 bail.

The teenagers are charged in the death of 47-year-old Abelino Mazariego.

According to the investigation, Mazariego was on a bench in the promenade off of Springfield Avenue in Summit on July 17 around 9:25 p.m. when he was approached by a group of teenagers, said Romankow. The teenagers allegedly attacked the man causing serious injury to Mazariego.

Authorities believe the attack was unprovoked, but the case remains under investigation. Mazariego was transported to Overlook Hospital and died on last Tuesday afternoon, having never regained consciousness, said Romankow.

The county medical examiner ruled that Mazariego died as a result of brain injuries sustained in the attack.

Members of the Union County Homicide Task Force and the Summit Police Department are continuing to gather and examine evidence and take additional witness statements, authorities said.


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