Three suspects were arrested Saturday for tampering with evidence at the scene where a 16-year-old was shot and killed in New York City's last homicide of 2015.
Jihad Jackson was shot around 11:30 p.m. on New Year’s Eve at 109th Avenue and Merrick Boulevard, police said.
Jackson, who lived in Rosedale, was pronounced dead at the scene.
According to the New York Daily News, Jackson was shot while inside a New Year's Eve house party after an argument began.
After seeing Jackson slumped over a bed, 49-year-old Natalie Placencia reportedly told her son 18-year-old Eduardo Placencia — who was Jackson’s friend — and her boyfriend Dorian Carr, 48, to take the body out of the apartment, the Daily News reported. She then allegedly disposed of a bloody cloth and articles of clothing.
Jackson’s body was reportedly dumped on the Queens sidewalk outside the apartment, where emergency personnel found it.
Placencia, her son and Carr were arrested on Jan. 2 and charged with tampering with physical evidence, according to police. Each face up to four years in jail if convicted.
The three were not in the room when Jackson was shot and police have a good idea who pulled the trigger that killed the teen, according to the Daily News.
The city's most recently published crime stats showed murders rose 4.3 percent in 2015 through Dec. 27, up to 340 from 326, while overall crime fell 2 percent.