Prosecutor: Slain Man Had Reached Out To One Offender 'In A Positive Way'

NEWARK, N.J. (CBSNewYork/AP) — Two 17-year-old boys have been arrested and charged in a shooting that left a Newark store owner dead during a robbery attempt, prosecutors said.

Essex County prosecutors and Newark police said Friday the teens, both from Newark, were charged in the Oct. 27 death of Joseph Flagg, 41, of Union. Their names were not released because they are juveniles.

Prosecutors said the state might seek to try the teens as adults.

Police Director Samuel A. DeMaio said Flagg tried to help young people in the community and one of his alleged assailants was someone Flagg had “reached out to in a positive way.”

The teenagers were charged with felony murder, robbery, and other crimes. One of the boys was also charged with knowing and purposeful murder.

The teens were being held Saturday at the Essex County Youth Detention Facility.

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