A New Jersey man has been convicted of the 2016 murder of two children and a student after he broke into a house, tortured, stabbed the children to death and shot the student dead because he was angry at a posting on Facebook, prosecutors said on Saturday.
Jeremy Arrington, 31, has been found guilty of a number of charges related to the Newark home invasion, where authorities said he tortured six people, killing three of them — two of them children – and stabbed the other three, according to Essex County. prosecutor.
Arrington stabbed 8‑year-old Aerial Little Whitehurst and 11-year-old Al-Jahon Whitehurst to death before shooting 23-year-old Syasia McBorroughs to death.
McBorroughs was a college student who had visited the family at the time of the murders, authorities said.
CBS New York, however, reported that their mother, 29, was among three injured in the attack.
Arrington stabbed 8‑year-old Aerial Little Whitehurst and 11-year-old Al-Jahon Whitehurst to death before shooting 23-year-old Syasia McBorroughs dead.
Two 13-year-old twins, a boy and a girl, were also stabbed in the brutal attacks but survived, according to reports.
Officials said Arrington became furious and came after one of the stabbing victims, after he allegedly reposted a police alert on Facebook that named Arrington as a suspect in an earlier shooting and sexual assault, according to NJ.com .
In November 2016, Arrington broke into the Whitehurst residence with a loaded gun before tying up everyone in the house.
After tying them up and leaving them defenseless, he then tortured them with kitchen knives, prosecutors say.
At the time of the crimes, Arrington was also wanted on charges of sexual assault and aggravated assault for an unrelated incident in October 2016, a month before the murders, Essex County Acting District Attorney Carolyn A Murray said during a court hearing. a press conference shortly after the stabbing.
He was eventually apprehended after a standoff, police told CBS New York. Several members of the SWAT team responded after learning that Arrington was barricaded inside a building in Newark.
At the time, Newark Mayor Ras Baraka called the attack “one of the most tragic and savage” he had ever seen.
Police had offered a $20,000 reward for information leading to Arrington’s arrest prior to his capture.