NEWARK, NJ — Three people have been charged by the Essex County Prosecutor’s Office after a man was fatally shot in Newark, authorities announced.
The one adult and two juveniles were charged last week in connection with the shooting death of Romel Bottex, 18, of Newark, Acting Essex County Prosecutor Theodore Stephens and Newark Public Safety Director Anthony Ambrose said. Bottex was shot multiple times in front of a residence on South 20th Street in Newark, authorities said.
“Sadly another life was taken and another family shattered by senseless gun violence,” Ambrose said in a statement. “A serious review of the revolving door system in processing juveniles with backgrounds of repeated violence needs to be done. These arrests clearly exemplify this need.”
Jaqway McCall, 18, of Newark, was arrested by Newark police and prosecutor’s detectives at a residence on South 18th Street on Feb. 25, and the two juvenile suspects, both 17, were charged on Thursday evening as well, authorities said. The three have been charged with murder, conspiracy to commit murder, possession of a weapon for an unlawful purpose and unlawful possession of a weapon.
McCall has been lodged in the Essex County Correctional Facility pending a detention hearing and the juvenile suspects are being held in the county juvenile detention facility pending appearances in Family Court, according to Essex County Chief Assistant Prosecutor Thomas Fennelly.
Stephens commended the work of the detectives and assistant prosecutors in the Homicide Task Force and said that the detectives “worked tirelessly” since the shooting occurred to bring the suspects to justice.
The homicide was investigated by the Essex County Prosecutor’s Office Homicide Task Force which includes detectives from the Newark Police Department.