Community Reacts to Indictments in Murder and Robbery of Summit Resident Abelino Mazariego

Community Reacts to Indictments in Murder and Robbery of Summit Resident Abelino Mazariego
Community Reacts to Indictments in Murder and Robbery of Summit Resident Abelino Mazariego

SUMMIT, NJ - On Friday, January 14th, three men were indicted on murder and robbery charges resulting from last summer's slaying of Summit resident Abelino Mazariego.

“Hopefully this brings some closure to the community and his family,” Summit Mayor Jordan Glatt said.

19-year old Nigel Dumas of Morristown and Summit residents, Hakean Fitzgerald and Khayri Williams-Clark, both 18, were indicted by a Union County Grand Jury yesterday. Currently all three are being held in the Union County Jail as they face felony murder, first degree murder and robbery charges.

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“The indictment is good news because Abelino didn’t deserve what happened to him,” Colin Crasto, general manager at Dabbawalla, an Indian restaurant in Summit where Mazariego worked, said. “To some extent it does bring closure, but the senselessness of the crime and the way it happened is something we will never forget.”

On Saturday, July 17th, Mazariego left work around 7:00 p.m. After finishing his shift as a dishwasher at Dabbawalla he received his paycheck, $640, and went to sit in the courtyard section of the Summit Promenade. Around 9 p.m. a group of 14 teenagers saw Mazariego on the bench, intoxicated, and entered the Promenade.

Of the group Williams-Clark, Dumas, and Fitzgerald, then 17, planned on taking the victim's cash and watch, according to prosecutors. Williams-Clark allegedly pulled Mazariego's shirt over his head as Fitzgerald and Dumas each punched him. Mazariego was then taken to Overlook Hospital where he died on Tuesday, July 20th from severe head trauma.

“Although one was a minor when it occurred he will be waived up to adult court and all three will be charged as adults,” said John Holl, spokesman for the Union County Prosecutor’s Office.

Their first court appearance has yet to be scheduled but will occur sometime within the next few weeks.

“The hard work of the Union County Prosecutor’s office and the Summit Police Department to find and apprehend the perpetrators will teach people a lesson,” Mayor Glatt said. “That when an act like this is committed in our town the perpetrators will be found and prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law.”

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