Jersey City teenager charged with murder of 16-year-old

JERSEY CITY – A teenager has surrendered to authorities and is charged with murder in connection with the recent death of a 16-year-old.

According to Hudson County Prosecutor Esther Suarez, the 17-year-old suspect from Jersey City, who has not been named by authorities, surrendered to homicide detectives on Monday.

The man, whom authorities were seeking in connection with the death, was arrested without incident and charged with murder, possession of a weapon for illegal purposes and illegal possession of a weapon.

Authorities say Pedro Rodriguez was shot dead on Communipaw Avenue on December 16. Authorities were alerted to the scene at around 11:45 a.m. and found Rodriguez unconscious with apparent gunshot wounds.

Rodriguez was pronounced dead at the scene around 12 p.m.

The accused will be returned to Morris County Juvenile Detention Center pending an initial court appearance.

Contact reporter Dino Flammia at [email protected]

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