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Arrest made in fatal shooting of 12-year-old Dejah Joyner in Hempstead

Posted: 4:23 PM, Jan 10, 2016
Updated: 2016-01-10 16:23:15-05

HEMPSTEAD, N.Y. — A 20-year-old man has been charged in the fatal shooting of a 12-year-old girl in Hempstead.

Jakwan Keller (Nassau County Police)

Jakwan Keller (Nassau County Police)

Nassau County police arrested Jakwan Keller, 20, of Hempstead Sunday morning in the area of Laurel Avenue and Linden Avenue.

Keller was charged with murder, criminal use of a firearm and criminal possession of a weapon.

Joyner was eating dinner in her home Oct. 16, 2015 when a stray bullet pierced the wall, striking her in the head.

She later succumbed to her injuries.

Neighbors told PIX11 in October that the block where Joyner lived had seen multiple shootings in 2015.

Keller will be arraigned Monday at First District Court in Hempstead.