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29 Year-Old Man Shot and Killed in Linden

Updated: Aug 5, 2021

Wednesday, August 4, 2021.

LINDEN, NJ. – One person was shot dead around 8:45 p.m. near the intersection of Columbia Place and Morningside Avenue.

The shooter fled the scene.

A homicide that took place in Linden last night is under investigation, Union County Prosecutor William A. Daniel and Linden Police Chief David Hart jointly announced Thursday.

The deceased victim has been identified as 29-year-old Grady Jilus of Linden.

Linden Police Department patrol units responded to a parking lot on the 600 block of Morningside Avenue shortly after 8:45 p.m. Wednesday and found Jilus at that location,

having sustained serious injury, according to the preliminary investigation. He was subsequently pronounced dead.

The investigation into the shooting is being led by the Union County Homicide Task Force and assisted by members of the Linden Police Department, Union County Police Department Ballistics Unit, and Union County Sheriff’s Office Crime Scene Unit.

Anyone with information about this matter is urged to contact Prosecutor’s Office Sgt. Lamar Hartsfield at 908-451-1873, Detective Ryan Kirsh at 908-347-1420, or Linden Police Department Detective Matthew Jones at (908) 474-8556.

Tips can also be submitted anonymously by phone at 908-654-TIPS (8477) or online at; submission of tips made in this fashion that result in an indictment and conviction can be eligible for a reward of up to $5,000 via the Union County Crime Stoppers.



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