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NJ Man Kills 3, Including 2 Young Children, Over Facebook Post

A New Jersey man faces multiple life sentences after he was convicted in a home invasion that left three people, including two children, dead.

Acting Essex County Prosecutor Theodore N. Stephens II said Saturday that Jeremy Arrington, 31, was convicted on 28 charges, including three counts of murder, three counts of attempted murder, burglary, and criminal restraint, the New York Daily News reported.

During the 10-day trial, a jury heard how Arrington, angry because someone had shared a Facebook post that identified him as a suspect in a shooting and sexual assault, broke into the Newark home where that person lived on November 5, 2016, and brutally assaulted the six people inside for over an hour.

Arrington tied up a 29-year-old woman, 13-year-old twins, 8-year-old Aerial Little Whitehurst, 11-year-old Al-Jahon Whitehurst, and 23-year-old Syasia McBorroughs, stabbing them multiple times. McBorroughs, a college student visiting the home at the time, was also shot.

Aerial Whitehurst, Al-Jahon Whitehurst, and McBorroughs died from their injuries. The other three survived.

Police said that one of the twins escaped and called 911 from a closet. Arrington fled the scene, but officer tracked him down and arrested him.

“We are forever grateful to the courageous survivors and witnesses who testified as well as the investigative personnel who helped bring this defendant to justice,” Deputy Chief Assistant Prosecutor Justice Edwab said in a statement. “Hopefully this verdict will bring some form of justice to all of the families and friends affected by this defendant’s horrific actions.”

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[Featured image: Jeremy Arrington/New Jersey Department of Public Safety]