Teen Charged With First-Degree Murder in Stray Bullet Shooting Death of 12-Year-Old New Jersey Girl

Wednesday, Jul 9, 2014  |  Updated 9:15 PM EDT
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Paterson police arrested 19-year-old Jhymiere Moore, charged with first-degree murder in the shooting death of 12-year-old Genesis Rincon. Pat Battle reports.

Paterson police arrested 19-year-old Jhymiere Moore, charged with first-degree murder in the shooting death of 12-year-old Genesis Rincon. Pat Battle reports.

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Police have arrested a 19-year-old in the death of a 12-year-old New Jersey girl who was struck in the head by a stray bullet as she rode her scooter in Paterson over the weekend, authorities said. 

Genesis Rincon was declared brain-dead after she was shot on Rosa Parks Boulevard Saturday night as she and two friends were returning to a family gathering after a trip to a local store. Her friends weren't hurt, and authorities do not believe Rincon was the intended target.

Rincon was taken off life support Monday night; her family says her organs will be donated.

Passaic County Prosecutor Camelia Valdes said Jhymiere Moore was arrested on first-degree murder and weapons charges after turning himself in to authorities. He's being held on $2 million bail.

It wasn't immediately clear if he had an attorney.

On Tuesday, hundreds of people attended an emotionally charged rally outside a town hall. They decried the violence as Rincon's father, Alexis, called for action.

"I'm tired. I can't go outside, I can't take my kids to the park, I can't take my kids for ice cream," Alexis Rincon said. "I was born in this town. I want my town back," he said.

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