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Gun linked to N.J. shooting found in N.Y.

By David Porter
The Associated Press

NEWARK, N.J. — A gun used to kill three college-age Newark adults last summer was recovered from a reputed gang member who bragged the weapon had "10 bodies on it," authorities said Thursday.

The .357-caliber revolver was seized on March 24 as part of an ongoing weapons crackdown on Long Island. Investigators tied the gun to the Newark shootings with ballistics evidence, said Thomas Spota, the district attorney in Suffolk County, N.Y.

Alvaro DelGado of Bay Shore, N.Y., was storing the revolver and a loaded, sawed-off shotgun in a dresser, authorities said. During the undercover investigation that led to the seizure, DelGado told someone the weapon had "10 bodies on it," Spota said.

Spota said DelGado, 25, is a high-ranking member of the MS-13 gang and that authorities believe the gang recycles weapons among its members. DelGado is not believed to have any connection to the Newark killings, Spota said.

DelGado faces two counts of criminal weapons possession and one count of criminal sale of a firearm. He was being held in lieu of $200,000 cash bail.

It wasn't clear whether DelGado had an attorney. After-hours calls to Spota's office and the New York court that arraigned him weren't answered.

Police said the three Newark victims - Terrance Aeriel, 18, Dashon Harvey, 20, and Iofemi Hightower, 20 - were forced to kneel in front of a wall behind a deserted middle school on the night of Aug. 4 and were shot in the head. Terrance Aeriel's sister, Natasha, also was shot in the head, but survived.

The Aeriels and Harvey were students at Delaware State University, while Hightower was planning to enroll there.

Six suspects arrested in the shootings have pleaded not guilty and are awaiting trial.


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