Man found fatally shot next to NJ playground

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Sunday, October 11, 2020
Victim identified in fatal Jersey City shooting near playground.
Police have identified the victim in a fatal shooting near a playground in Jersey City.

JERSEY CITY, New Jersey (WABC) -- Dozens of family members showed up to a park in New Jersey after learning their loved one had been murdered.

Police identified the victim as Teyan Grant, 47.

The shooting occurred just before 9 p.m. on Friday in Lafayette Park - a gunman opened fire on Grant near a gazebo.

The victim's older brother had the burden of having to call each family member to break the tragic news. For hours, the family stood near the boy's body lying next to a picnic table right by a playground.

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According to family, he lived in the area, and would come to the park every now and then. His sister tells Eyewitness News he never hurt anyone. Now, they are desperately searching for answers.

There is no word yet from the Hudson County Prosecutor's Office Homicide Unit and Jersey City on a possible motive, or if they have any suspects.

The park was crowded at the time of the shooting, and investigators hope potential witnesses can come forward to help the investigation.

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