Three men have been arrested in connection with a double homicide in Trenton in August, authorities said.
Darnell Davis, 19, of Willingboro, Tyzir Hamilton, 19, of Trenton, and Treizon Thompson, 20, of Trenton, were each charged with two counts of first-degree murder, one count of first-degree conspiracy ad multiple weapons charges, according to Mercer County Prosecutor Angelo J. Onofri.
One of the shooting victims had dissed a gang on Facebook, Onofri said.
“Now more than ever, we need the community to work with us,” Onofri said, "The help of the public in solving this double homicide was instrumental."
The three men were arrested on Tuesday in Trenton, Onofri said. The prosecutor’s office has filed motions to detain all three defendants.
On Aug. 9 at about 7:30 a.m., Trenton police were called to Centre Street for a shooting. Police found the first victim, William Irizarry, 18, lying near 339 Centre Street, Onofri said.Irizarry had sustained multiple gunshot wounds throughout his body and was pronounced dead at the scene.
The second victim, Julius Vargas, 18, was found inside a corner market with a gunshot wound. He was hospitalized, but succumbed to his injuries a short time later, Onofri said.
About 24 9mm shell casings were recovered at the crime scene along with several individual bags of heroin, the prosecutor said.
Numerous cameras near the scene helped identify a Chrysler 300 stolen from Pennsylvania used during the shooting
Investigators later found a Facebook post in which Irizarry reportedly disrespected the H-Block gang, which was involved in the shooting.
Gang members then talked about the shooting on social media and threatened friends and family of the victims, according to Onofri.
Investigators identified a witness who could identify Davis, Hamilton and Thompson as being responsible for the deaths of Irizarry and Vargas, Onofri said.
Hamilton and Thompson were identified as the triggermen, he said. Davis drove their getaway car.
Authorities also recovered several guns, the prosecutor said.
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