Two Convicted for Murder of 17-Year-Old in Girl in Jersey City

1 min read
Evening image of the skyline of Jersey City in the state of New Jersey during sunset.

JERSEY CITY, NJ – Three people were convicted for their roles in the shooting murder of Jade Sanders in Jersey City in October 2018. She was just 17 years old at the time of her death.

On Thursday, a Hudson County jury convicted Alterik Ellis, 29, and Travis DeFoe, 32, both of Jersey City, for their roles in the shooting death of Jade Saunders, 17, in Jersey City on Friday, October 26, 2018.

The trial lasted seven weeks.

According to police, records, on Friday, October 26, 2018, at approximately 11:35 p.m., the Jersey City Police Department received a report of shots fired in the area of 76 Brinkerhoff Street. Responding officers found an unresponsive woman – later identified as Jade Saunders, 17, of Jersey City – with an apparent gunshot wound to the upper body. She was pronounced dead at the scene. The Regional Medical Examiner’s Office determined the Cause of Death to be a gunshot wound and the Manner of Death to be homicide. Three other individuals were injured during the shooting.

“The defendants in this case cut short the life of a 17-year-old girl who had her entire future ahead of her,” said Assistant Prosecutor Kevin Roe. “Today’s verdict helps ensure that justice will be served for Ms. Saunders, her family, friends, and loved ones. We thank the court and the jury for their service throughout the course of this case.”

Sentencing is tentatively scheduled for Friday, October 14, 2022.