3 men charged in the death of a 9-year-old girl was killed by a stray bullet in her sleep

Charles Gamble, 18, (left) Leroy Frazier III, 20, (center), and Michael Elliott, 25, (right) have been arrested and charged in the death of a 9-year-old New Jersey girl hit by a stray bullet as she slept in her bed in the last month.


New Jersey police charged three men Friday with the murder of a 9-year-old girl died in her sleep last month, when a stray bullet hit her.

Michael Elliott, 25, Leroy Frazier III, 20, and 18-year-old Charles Gambling were arrested and accused of murder, conspiracy, attempted murder and weapons offenses in the July 17 death of a 9-year-old Jennifer Trejo, Bridgeton police said.

Trejo died last month, when a stray bullet went through the house from the rear wall. Investigators say the gunfire broke out after a group of men standing nearby, apparently targeting another group nearby. The authorities have not disclosed a possible motive for the shooting.

“Nothing brings Jennifer back,” Chief Michael Gaimari Sr. said: “but the fact that those who we believe are responsible are off the street helps assure the public that these actions will not be tolerated and those responsible are held accountable.”

Cumberland County prosecutor Jennifer Webb-McRae said more arrests and charges may follow, and urged anyone with information to come forward.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

Paulina Dedaj is a writer/ reporter for Fox News. Follow her on Twitter @PaulinaDedaj.

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