A man and a woman have been arrested in connection to a shooting in Trenton last week which left two young brothers dead.
Johnny Perez, 8, and his brother Gustavo Perez, 16, were killed at their home on Mulberry Street last Tuesday night. The gunman allegedly shot them from the street as they looked out from their second story kitchen window.
From the ground, onlookers could see balloons in the home with “happy birthday” written on them. Initially, detectives were investigating if the shooting was connected to a family gathering.
Now Dajuan “Bando” Kelley, 26, of Ewing and Destanie Ellis, 29, of Morrisville, PA each face two counts of first-degree murder.
Authorities say they arrested Ellis in Trenton last Thursday. Then the U.S. Marshals Regional Fugitive Task Force arrested Kelley in Georgia Friday.
The Mercer County Prosecutor’s Office released a statement detailing the night leading up to the shooting.
It states Gustavo went out with his older brother Antonio Perez, 18. An investigation found they were walking along New York Avenue and tried to get into a parked car.
But Kelley and Ellis were inside the vehicle. The two pairs they got into a heated verbal argument.
Ellis chose to follow the brothers home, according to prosecutors. She then called Kelley to the location.
When he arrived, Kelley allegedly fired his weapon at the window while the two brothers looked outside. Detectives found eight spent shell casings on the ground nearby.
One bullet hit Johnny in the neck while another hit Gustavo in the chest. First responders transported them to Capital Health Regional Medical Center but they passed away shortly after.
Antonio Perez did not suffer any injuries. He told CBS 3 the shooting may have been “karma.”
“I’m not going to see them no more,” said Antonio of his younger siblings. “I can’t – That image in my head, it hurt.”
“I remember everything I’ve done,” he continued. “I hurt a lot of people and I think this is karma, bro. This is karma.”
Trenton is now up to 35 murders for the year so far. The city is poised to surpass its record of 37 homicides set back in 2013.