16-year-old girl shot to death in Kearny

The body of Alisha Colon was found in her bedroom with a gunshot wound to her head.

The body of Alisha Colon was found in her bedroom with a gunshot wound to her head. (1/18/13)

KEARNY - The Hudson County Prosecutor's Office Homicide Unit is investigating the shooting death of a 16-year-old girl in Kearny.

Authorities were called to 253 Belgrove Drive on a report of a person shot at around 6:20 p.m. last night. Arriving officers discovered the body of Alisha Colon in her bedroom with a gunshot wound to her head. She was pronounced dead at the scene.

The Hudson County Prosecutor's Office says officers were called to that street earlier in the day for a street fight involving some of the victim’s relatives. The teen was not involved in the dispute, according to the prosecutor’s office.

Authorities arrested Edwin Mendez Jr., 37, of Belleville, on weapons charges and making terrorist threats in connection to the reported street fight.

Police are still investigating if there is any connection between the earlier incident and the shooting death.

Anyone with information regarding this incident is asked to contact the Hudson County Prosecutor's Office Homicide Unit at (201) 915-1345 or hcpotips@hcpo.org.

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