JERSEY CITY, NJ - A 33-year-old East Orange man has been charged with several crimes, inlcuding murder, in connection with the March 6 shooting death of Rashawn Bethea, Jersey City.

According to Hudson County Prosecutor Esther Suarez, Eric Ballon, 33, was arrested Friday without incident at the Essex County Correctional Facility where he was being held on unrelated charges. 

As previously reported, members of the Jersey City Police Department responded to a report of shots fired in the area of Wegman Parkway between Bergen Avenue and Martin Luther King Drive at approximately 11:30 p.m. on the night of the incident. Upon their arrival, officers located the victim suffering from gunshot wounds to his torso. Bethea was pronounced dead at approximately 11:45 p.m. The Cause of death was determined to be multiple gunshot wounds and the Manner of death was determined to be homicide. 

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Suarez credited the Hudson County Prosecutor’s Office Homicide Unit for the investigation and arrest with the assistance of the East Orange Police Department and the Jersey City Police Department.

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