Boy, 14, fatally shot in head at New Jersey gas station


A 14-year-old New Jersey boy was fatally shot in the head at a gas station, authorities said.

Jesse Everett, of Willingboro, was gunned down Saturday afternoon as he pulled up to a Phillips 66 gas station in his hometown.

He was later pronounced dead after being airlifted to a hospital, Burlington County Prosecutor Scott Coffina said in a joint statement with Willingboro Township Public Safety Director Kinamo Lomon.

“The incident is not considered to be a random confrontation,” Coffina and Lomon said.

Investigators learned that Everett went to the gas station in a car that had been earlier reported stolen. Another vehicle then pulled up to the station shortly after Everett arrived and a male gunman approached the 14-year-old and shot him once in the head, Coffina said.

Two other people inside the car with Everett were not hurt. No arrests had been made as of early Monday, a spokesman for Coffina’s office told The Post.

The gas station in Willingboro, New Jersey, where Jesse Everett was killed.
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Everett’s mother, Danielle, said her son — also known as “Nuk” — was a “goofy, loving, caring and supportive” child who lost his life to “senseless” gun violence.

“Nuk’s smile would light up the darkest room and his presence was felt by all,” Everett wrote in an online fundraiser. “There is nothing in this world that can repair the bond that has been broken nor ease the pain that this tragedy has caused me & my children.”

The teen, an avid football and basketball player, was one of 14 siblings, his mother said.

Everett’s cousin, Jenn Paganelli, said her “family’s chain” had been broken with Jesse’s death.

“But as God calls us one by one, the chain will link again,” Paganelli wrote on Facebook.

Willingboro Mayor Tiffany Worthy said in a statement Sunday that “gun violence is not acceptable anywhere” while calling on anyone with information about the teen’s fatal shooting to contact authorities, the Burlington County Times reported.

Workers at the gas station, meanwhile, declined to comment on the shooting Sunday, the newspaper reported.

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