Murder suspect arrested for shooting that killed 19-year-old Jersey City man


He was arrested in connection with a shooting incident that occurred on August 13 and on September 5 the Jersey City Police Department arrested Zafarri Francis with help from the Hudson County Prosecutor’s Homicide Unit.

Francis was brought in without incident for his role in which two victims were injured, one fatally.

The 18-year-old was scheduled for his first appearance on Tuesday in Criminal Justice Reform Court and charged with murder; attempted murder; conspiracy to commit murder; possession of a weapon for an unlawful purpose; unlawful possession of a weapon and receiving stolen property.

Three male juveniles were also arrested in connection with this incident. Two are from Jersey City, 16 and 17-years-old. The third juvenile is a 16-year-old from Newark.

All three juveniles were charged with murder; attempted murder; conspiracy to commit murder; possession of a weapon for an unlawful purpose; unlawful possession of a weapon and receiving stolen property.

At 1:25pm on August 13, Jersey City Police officers responded to a report of possible gunshots fired in the area of Forrest Street in Jersey City.

When they arrived, the cops found a victim at 322 Forrest Street with apparent multiple gunshot wounds.

The victim, Jaharee Broadway of Jersey City, was immediately transported by Emergency Medical Services to Jersey City Medical Center, where the 19-year-old was pronounced dead at 2:15 pm.

According to the medical examiner, the cause of Broadway’s death were the gunshot wounds.

A second victim, of Jersey City was also located and found to be suffering from apparent gunshot wounds.

He was taken to JCMC, where he received treatment for non-life-threatening injuries.

This is an ongoing investigation. Anyone with information should contact the Office of the Hudson County Prosecutor at 201-915-1345.

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