Union City Teen, Sylis Lopez, Charged in Connection with Rafael Gomez’s Fatal Jersey City Shooting

Rafael Gomez, deceased.
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18-Year-Old Charged in Rafael Gomez’s Fatal Shooting in Jersey City

On January 29, 2023, a tragic event occurred on Summit Avenue and Poplar Street, Jersey City, when 25-year-old Rafael Gomez of North Bergen was discovered with a severe gunshot wound to his torso. Sadly, he passed away at the Jersey City Medical Center a few hours later. The Regional Medical Examiner’s Office confirmed his death as a homicide, resulting from the gunshot wound.

This incident saw swift action from the Hudson County Prosecutor’s Office Homicide Unit. On August 22, 2023, Sylis Lopez, an 18-year-old from Union City, was charged in relation to the incident. Lopez faces multiple charges including Murder as an Accomplice, Conspiracy to Commit Murder, Unlawful Possession of a Weapon, and Possession of a Weapon for an Unlawful Purpose. Interestingly, at the time of his arrest, Lopez was already detained at the Hudson County Correctional Facility on a separate matter.

The entire operation witnessed impeccable teamwork and coordination among the Hudson County Prosecutor’s Office Homicide Unit, the Jersey City Police Department, and the Union City Police Department. Hudson County Prosecutor Esther Suarez acknowledges their commendable efforts.

The investigation into the matter is ongoing. If anyone possesses any relevant information, they are urged to reach out to the Hudson County Prosecutor’s Office directly at 201-915-1345. For those who wish to remain anonymous, tips can be shared online at http://www.hudsoncountyprosecutorsofficenj.org/homicide-tip/. Rest assured, all details will remain confidential.