One of Jersey City’s ‘most violent’ gang members sought in deadly hit-and-run

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JERSEY CITY, N.J. — A man considered to be one of the most violent gang members in the city is being sought Friday in a hit-and-run that resulted in the deaths of two teenage boys, according to officials.

Rashaun Bell

A warrant has been issued for the arrest of Rashaun Bell, 20, the alleged driver in Wednesday's deadly hit-and-run. He faces charges of two counts of knowingly leaving the scene of an accident resulting in death.

Bell is accused of being behind the wheel when he plowed into two teen boys riding on the same bicycle home from school.

Elionel Jimenez, 15, died at the scene, and Alexander Rosas-Flores, 16, died Thursday at the hospital.

After the crash, the driver stopped at a nearby intersection and fled, along with a passenger, officials said.

Bell is said to be one of Jersey City's "most violent" gang members, according to an report last year.

He was among about a dozen people arrested in a gang sweep, reported. He was reportedly charged with gang criminality last year, and later arrested on cocaine possession and distribution charges.

As police search for the boys' killer, a memorial is growing outside their high school.

Jimenez's first cousin, Selena Zuniga, 16, was among those who visited Friday.

The two were close and shared everything, the teen said of her cousin, who leaves behind a brother, two sisters and his parents.

Zuniga described him as as always smiling and trying to make people happy.

Then, in a fit of tears, she pleaded with other bicyclists to be please careful on the road.

Anyone who wishes to contribute to Jimenez's funeral costs can do so on GoFundMe.

Elionel Jimenez, 15, left, and Alexander Rosas-Flores, 16, right, died after being struck by a hit-and-run driver in New Jersey on Oct. 18, 2017. (GoFundMe/ Instagram)

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