ELIZABETH — The Union County Homicide Task Force is investigating the death of the 13th homicide victim reported in the city so far this year.
Union County Prosecutor Theodore Romankow said 28-year-old Farad Brown died after being shot shot several times inside his South Park Street home at about 2:15 p.m. Sunday.
Brown was pronounced dead at the scene, Romankow said.
Authorities said the victim used several aliases, including Shakur Bait, Kiseawn Banks, Farod Carlson, Kishawn Jones, Shawn McKinnon and Dante Parcell.
Brown spent nearly two years in Northern State Prison in Newark, after being convicted of dealing drugs on school property and receiving stolen property in 2004, according to the New Jersey Department of Corrections.
Anyone with information about the incident can call the Union County CrimeStoppers tip line at (908) 645-TIPS or visit www.uctip.org. Callers are kept anonymous, and tips that lead to arrest and indictment may qualify for a reward up to $5,000, according to the prosecutor’s office.
Elizabeth has seen an increase in homicides this year as a result of what appears to be a war among rival street gangs that is putting the city on pace to surpass last year’s total of 14 murders.
Charles Holmes, 23, of Linden was shot shot and killed Wednesday night on the 1000 block of Elizabeth Avenue in Elizabeth and 28-year-old Terry Washington of Elizabeth was pronounced dead Tuesday at University Hospital in Newark, after being shot July 19 on the 600 block of Franklin Street.
Another Elizabeth resident died Monday, July 25 at University Hospital in Newark. That was 19-year-old Lawrence Pierre, who was shot on July 20 near the corner of Mary Street and Jefferson Avenue.
Juan Carlos Motijo, 16, of Bond Street, Elizabeth, was pronounced dead at University Hospital in Newark at 3:45 p.m. Tuesday, July 26, after being shot the previous day at around 9 p.m. outside a house at 861 Laurita St. at about 9 p.m.
Authorities have not confirmed which, if any, of the deaths are related but a published report claimed that a source in the prosecutor’s office indicated Pierre’s death was not connected to Motijo’ homicide. Another story about the murder of Holmes claimed that investigators have confirmed that shooting was a gang incident.
CORRECTION: A previous version of this article incorrectly identified a source. In fact, another newspaper reported that, “Pierre’s shooting is not related to the Linden shooting, according to the prosecutor’s office.” Obviously, our NJTODAY story should have attributed that assertion to a published report instead of the purported source and we regret the error. Although sometimes vague and incomplete, official details about each of the recent murders are posted online at the Union County Prosecutor’s website: Farad Brown • Charles Holmes • Juan Carlos Motijo • Terry Washington • Lawrence Pierre
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