NEWARK, N.J. — Authorities have released the names of two children and a woman killed in a stabbing at a New Jersey home that left three others injured.
That came as the search continued Sunday for 26-year-old Jeremy Arrington whom police consider a "person of interest" in the case.
Arrington is described as being approximately 5-foot-9 and weighing 170 pounds.
Essex County prosecutors say 8-year-old Aerial Little Whitehurst and 11-year-old Al-Jahon Whitehurst both died at a hospital shortly after the knife-stabbing attack at a Newark home Saturday. A county spokesman says the two city residents are related but he declined further comment.
Syasia McBurroughs, a 23-year-old Hanover Township resident, was pronounced dead at the scene.
The three other victims — a 29-year-old woman, a 13-year-old boy and a 13-year-old girl — all remained hospitalized Sunday in critical but stable condition.
“Anyone who would kill our children indiscriminately does not deserve to be among civilized people," said Newark Mayor Ras Baraka. "We have to locate and arrest the killer immediately before he hurts other people. As long as he is on the streets, no one is safe."
Police are offering a $20,000 reward for information leading to an arrest and conviction.
Anyone with information is urged to call 911, use the MyNewark app or by anonymously calling either the Essex County Prosecutor’s Office tip line at 1-877-847-7432 or the Police Division’s Crime Stopper tip line at 1-877-NWK-TIPS or 1-877-NWK-GUNS.