Twenty-one-year-old Kevin Fentress of Burlington City was taken into custody in Marietta, Georgia around 11:30 a.m. Friday. Fentress is wanted in the February 28 shooting of 17-year-old Jadyre Gordon.
By Matt Skoufalos
This morning, U.S. Marshals captured a Burlington City man wanted for the murder of a Camden City teen that occurred at a Cherry Hill motel back in February.
According to the Camden County Prosecutor’s Office, 21-year-old Kevin Fentress was arrested at the residence of an acquaintance in Marietta, Georgia, around 11:30 Friday. Fentress is alleged to have shot 17-year-old Jadyre Gordon outside of a party at the Inn of the Dove on February 28. Authorities said Fentress was taken into custody without incident and awaits extradition to New Jersey.
The U.S. Marshals Service Regional Fugitive Task Force – Camden Division and Southeast Regional Fugitive Task Force – Atlanta Division led an investigation that spanned across New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, and Ohio before ending in Georgia, authorities said.
Police said an altercation at a party in one of the hotel rooms sparked the violence that followed. Gordon and another man were apparently inside a vehicle in the parking lot at 725 Cuthbert Boulevard when they were shot, the Camden County Prosecutor’s Office (CCPO) said in a statement.
After the shooting, Gordon and an unidentified, 20-year-old Willingboro man were driven in a private vehicle to Our Lady of Lourdes Hospital in Camden. Gordon was pronounced dead at 3:37 a.m. on the night in question; the other man was treated for his injuries and later released.
The Inn of the Dove is in an area that the township has designated for redevelopment, due in no small part to its frequent need for police service in recent years. One such incident occurred in May 2015, when a 24-year-old WIllingboro man was wounded in a shooting at the same hotel.
Cherry Hill Mayor Chuck Cahn told NJ Pen last year that hotels including the Inn of the Dove, Feather Nest Inn, Days Inn, and Hillside Inn have drawn more than 4,000 local police calls, mostly for drugs and prostitution, since 2012.
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