UPDATE: Khalid Khan has pleaded not guilty to the murder of Shazmina Khan.
For most of us, the July 4th weekend was a chance to relax, hang out with friends, catch some fireworks and overeat a little. But some terrible tragedies played out nearby, including the murder of Montclair mother Shazmina Khan, who lived in an apartment across from Glenfield Park. There were also six shootings — three fatal — in Newark on Monday, including the murder of Katrina Owens, a 37-year-old corrections officer, who was shot at a barbecue. The 21-year-old suspect in Owens’s murder took his own life when confronted by U.S. Marshalls outside a Greyhound terminal in Richmond, Va.
Today, the grim aftermath continues as suspects begin parading into the Essex County Courthouse for their arraignments. Khalid Khan of Bloomfield, the estranged husband and suspect in Shazina Khan’s death, appears in court at 9 a.m. John Brinson, a 24-year-old charged in the murder of a Newark 13-year-old on June 19, will also be arraigned.
In a press release following the six Monday shootings, acting Newark Police Director Samuel DeMaio said, “It is important for us to move efficiently and effectively to remove these individuals who commit these crimes from our streets and bring them to justice. We will no longer continue to tolerate this violence in our city. We will continue to look to the public to partner up with us and report any information they have pertaining to these crimes.”
Avid tweeter Cory Booker had no commentary on the Monday bloodbath.
The violence wasn’t limited to Newark and Montclair. The Asbury Park Press reported a brawl that took place in Seaside Heights following the fireworks; 62 were arrested.
When Khan was arrested on Monday night, Montclair Police Chief David Sabagh issued a quote: “I want to reassure the residents of Montclair this is a targeted incident.”
Are you reassured?