Memorial for Trejo

Flowers and balloons surround a photo of 9-year-old Jennifer ‘Chikis’ Trejo, who was killed last week by gunfire that came through the walls of her house in Bridgeton while she slept, at a memorial outside her Elmer Street home.

BRIDGETON — A grand jury will decide next month whether the four men charged in the July 17 murder of 9-year-old Jennifer Trejo will be indicted.

City residents Michael L. Elliot, 25, of North Laurel Street, Leroy Frazier III, 20, of Irving Avenue, and Zahmere McKoy, 19, of Atlantic Street, as well as Charles Gamble, 18, of Salem County, who are all charged in the murder, were scheduled to appear in Cumberland County Superior Court on Thursday before Judge Michael Silvanio, but all were taken off the pre-indictment list.

Senior Prosecutor Elizabeth Vogelsong, who represents the state in the case, told Silvanio she plans to bring the case before a grand jury in mid-November.

The four men are also charged with conspiracy to commit murder, attempted murder and weapons offenses in the shooting, in which a stray bullet pierced Jennifer’s bedroom wall, fatally wounding her as she slept.

At a previous court appearance, prosecutors said Jennifer’s death was a result of a volley of gunshots set off by the four men moments after they had walked onto the first block of Elmer Street early that morning. Vogelsong said people were in the street and on the porch of a home when four men began firing.

Jennifer’s home was only a block away.

Also at that appearance, Vogelsong said video evidence and witness statements place the four men on the block at the time of the shooting, and that officials know which gun killed Jennifer and how many times it was fired based on the 19 shell casings found at the scene.

Elliot, Frazier and Gamble were arrested and charged Aug. 24, while McKoy was charged Aug. 29. They are all being held in the Cumberland County jail.

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Staff Writer

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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