August 3, 2021



On the net tributes pour in for 25-year-previous victim of N.J. residence party shooting

Tributes have poured in online for Asia Hester, 25, one particular of two victims of a mass shooting more than the weekend at a huge home social gathering in Cumberland County.

Hester and Kevin Elliott, 30, ended up killed and 12 other grown ups were wounded in the late Saturday evening shooting in Fairfield Township, authorities have mentioned.

The gunfire broke out just prior to midnight through a 90s-themed birthday celebration attended by many hundred folks, officers said. A motive has not been discovered by investigators.

According to The New York Put up, Hester was a health care worker who arrived to the United States from Jamaica. Her Fb website page also suggests she worked at Jefferson Wellness and attended Rowan University of South Jersey.

“You go to a social gathering to have enjoyment with friends and household … and this is what takes place. Such a decline of a beautiful youthful lady. My prayers go out to her spouse and children and good friends,” 1 man or woman commented on her last publish, which was uploaded less than six several hours in advance of the shooting.

“So sorry your daily life was taken so tragically may well you RIP attractive,” an individual else commented.

One poster claimed, “Rest in Peace sweet little one female. Your existence on Earth will actually be skipped.”

A mate, Laquanta Davis, 26, reportedly explained to the Post, “(Hester) was not the type who went out to functions, so that took me by shock. Who would have ever considered it would turn out this way for her … She was so sweet, so sweet and loving. It hurts, it definitely does.”

Gov. Phil Murphy, along with state and local officials, declared Monday early morning that Kevin K. Dawkins, 36 — who life on identical street where the shooting took area — was arrested in link to the incident.

Dawkins faces 4 gun rates, such as possession of a firearm as a convicted felon, Cumberland County Prosecutor Jennifer Webb-McRae stated. Authorities have not made it crystal clear specifically how Dawkins is allegedly connected to the incident, but charging files declare he was clutching a gun when he was arrested.

Supplemental arrests and costs are expected in the case, which stays under investigation, neighborhood and condition officers reported throughout a shorter push briefing at the Cumberland County Prosecutor’s Workplace.

Lawyer General Gurbir Grewal mentioned Monday that the taking pictures was “a specific attack” but would not go into further more element.

“A birthday bash is meant to be a joyous celebration. Not a focus on for people hellbent on inflicting damage on a group,” Murphy said Monday although speaking about gun basic safety rules.

Group members are setting up to erect a vigil in honor of the victims, Fairfield Township Mayor Benjamin Byrd Sr. beforehand claimed.

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