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Third victim in Cumberland birthday party shooting dies

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A Millville woman wounded in a shooting at a party in Fairfield Township attended by hundreds has been pronounced clinically dead.
Braylin Holmes, 19, died Monday night at Cooper University Hospital, State Police announced Tuesday.
But BreakingAC has been told Holmes remains on life support, possibly for organ donation.
A second person also has been arrested on weapons offenses.
Darrell Dawkins, 30, of Bridgeton, is charged with unlawful possession of a handgun.

Darrell Dawkins is charged with gun possession, but not believed to be a shooter.

At this time, investigators do not believe he was a shooter.
Kevin Dawkins, 36, also of Bridgeton, was previously charged with weapons offenses.
Both men were at the birthday party. The two are family, but their exact relationship has not been confirmed.
The shooting just after 11:30 p.m. Saturday at the residence on East Commerce Street.
Asia Hester, 25, and Kevin Elliott, 30, of Bridgeton, died in the gunfire.
Eleven others were wounded.
State Police have set up a database for witnesses to anonymously upload cell phone video captured during the incident.
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Anyone with information is asked to contact the New Jersey State Police Bridgeton Station at 856-451-0101 or submit a tip via the Cumberland County Prosecutor's Office tipline at


Lynda Cohen

BreakingAC founder who previously worked in newspapers for more than two decades. She is an NJPA award-winner and was a Stories of Atlantic City fellow.




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