Arrest made in deadly shooting of 12-year-old girl in New Jersey

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PATERSON, N.J. (PIX11/AP) -- An arrest has been made in the tragic death of a 12-year-old girl who was gunned down while playing with friends in New Jersey, authorities said.

The Passaic County Prosecutor's Office said Wednesday that Jhymiere Moore, 19, is charged with murder and weapons charges in the death of Genesis Rincon.

Moore turned himself in to police, prosecutors said. He is being held on $2 million bail.

Jhymiere Moore turned himself in after a 12-year-old girl was gunned down July 6, 2014, in Paterson, N.J. (Photo: Passaic County Prosecutor’s Office)

Jhymiere Moore turned himself in after a 12-year-old girl was gunned down July 6, 2014, in Paterson, N.J. (Photo: Passaic County Prosecutor’s Office)

Investigators believe the shooter was aiming for someone else, but Rincon was struck.

The shooting happened about 8:40 p.m. July 5 on Rosa Parks Boulevard in Paterson. Two other children who were with Rincon were not hurt.

Rincon left a family gathering to go to a store with a friend when she was hit by the stray bullet.

Genesis Rincon left a family gathering over the July 4 holiday weekend to go to a store with friends when she was hit by a stray bullet.

Rincon was declared-brain dead the day after she was shot. A spokeswoman for the young victim's family said Tuesday that her organs would be donated to help save the lives of others.

Authorities said the girl had left a family gathering to go to the store with friends, but the store was closed so they headed back to the event.

They were taking turns riding a scooter and were about a block away from the gathering when multiple shots rang out.

More than 1,000 family members, friends and supporters rallied in Paterson Tuesday night demanding "justice for Genesis."

In the wake of Rincon's death, Pateron Mayor Joey Torres said he is considering several anti-violence initiatives. Torres said he recently applied for a grant to fund 15 new officers in the city, which is home to about 145,000 residents.