Seven charged in death of Paterson girl

Craig D. Frazier | 10/16/2014, 3:49 p.m.

Passaic County prosecutors charged three adults and three juveniles last week in the death of 14-year-old Nazerah “Bugg” Coleman. The freshman basketball star at International High School was leaving Mom’s Fried Chicken on the corner of Clinton and N. Main streets with friends when she was hit after someone fired at least 16 shots.

County Prosecutor Camelia Valdes attributed the shooting to ongoing neighborhood disputes in Paterson’s First and Fourth wards.

“It is believed that there are two groups that have engaged and are engaged in ongoing neighborhood disputes that date back to 2011,” Valdes said. The fatal shooting is believed to be retaliation for a shooting earlier that afternoon that struck a 17-year-old’s car.

Four Paterson men, Nyje Johnson, Shakeem Ricks, Basim Williams and Tyheem Mayfield, have been charged with murder, attempted murder and conspiracy to commit murder. Prosecutors said the three male minors—two 17-year-olds and a 16-year-old, who all live in Paterson—face charges of murder and may be tried as adults.

Nazerah’s death occurred approximately two months after another Paterson girl, 12-year-old Genesis Rincon, was killed. Police say Rincon left a family gathering for a nearby store with another girl and a boy. As the trio returned, they were taking turns riding a scooter and were about a block away from the gathering when multiple shots rang out. Jeffery Ellerbee, 21, and Marshae Anthony, 19, of Paterson, were arrested in connection with the shooting.