MAYS LANDING — The Pleasantville teen charged in the murder of 15-year-old Naimah Bell is scheduled to appear for a detention hearing Wednesday morning.

Nahquil Lovest, 18, is slated to appear at 8:45 a.m. before Atlantic County Superior Court Judge Bernard E. DeLury Jr.

Bell, also of Pleasantville, was fatally shot just before 4 a.m. Friday inside a home on the 100 block of South Massachusetts Avenue, Atlantic City.

She was the third teenager to be killed by gunfire and the seventh victim overall of a fatal shooting in the city so far this year. 

An initial autopsy determined that the pending cause of death was a gunshot wound to the head and the pending manner of death as a homicide, according to a news release from the Atlantic County Prosecutor Damon G. Tyner.

Lovest was arrested the next morning.

Two vigils Friday in Atlantic City and Pleasantville organized by friends and family gave mourners the chance to grieve together. Children released balloons saying “We love you, Naimah” near where she died in Atlantic City.

“Sadly, another young life in our community has been cut short, and others have been traumatized,” Tyner said in a news release Friday. “Our community is better than this. We must protect our children.”

Lovest is currently housed in Atlantic County jail.

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My beat is public safety, following police and crime. I started in January 2018 here at the Press covering Egg Harbor and Galloway townships. Before that, I worked at the Reading Eagle in Reading, Pa., covering crime and writing obituaries.

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