New York Daily News: MANHATTAN – Thirteen people —including five 16-year-old boys — were indicted in the Bronx Thursday for a string of violent crimes that include the murders of two teens and the shootings of two men who survived the bloody attacks.
The crimes, including a rash of robberies and car jackings, highlighted a ruthless summer of pain that targeted young and old in an endless onslaught authorities tied to increased gang activity that Bronx DA Darcel Clark labeled “an utter catastrophe.”
“These defendants are charged in a string of violent crimes, culminating in the murders of two boys, that contributed to a brutal summer,” said Clark.
“These indictments are an assurance to the people of the Bronx that we will hold accountable anyone who brings gunfire to our streets. But these indictments are also a tragic chronicle of a lost generation: boys and young men who turned to guns, and two lives were taken and 14 lives have been squandered.”
Clark said defendants Jahlil Califf, 16, and Justin Baez, 18, were charged with second-degree murder and manslaughter in the death of 13-year-old Jaryan Elliott.
Alec McFarlane, 16, and Tyquan Howard, 16, were charged with second-degree murder and manslaughter in the death of 16-year-old Ramon Gil-Medrano.
Baez was also charged with attempted murder for shooting two other men, Clark said.
Jaryan Elliot was standing outside Angels Café in Belmont just after 3:15pm on July 11 when a shooter stepped out of a car and opened fire.
The teen was hit several times, and died later at St Barnabas Hospital.
- Top Feature Photo: Bronx DA Darcel Clark speaks during a press conference Thursday – Barry Williams/for New York Daily News