Darren Talington Was Shot And Killed While Trying To Help Stranger, Family Says

JERSEY CITY, N.J. (CBSNewYork) — Prosecutors on Thursday hoped a surveillance video released exclusively to CBS 2 would help solve the murder of a man who tried to help a stranger in Jersey City back in April.

As Christine Sloan reported Thursday, CBS 2 has blurred the faces of more than a dozen people in the surveillance video, because they could all be witnesses to a murder.

In the video taken in late April, a man is seen violently pushing down a woman, and then Darren Talington, 25 – seen wearing a blue jacket – is seen stepping in to try to stop the attack on the woman.

CBS 2 showed Talington’s face in the video, because seconds after walking out of the A-Plus Deli on fashionable Grove Street near Christopher Columbus Drive in Jersey City, Talington was shot.

He died in an area hospital with his brother by his side on Saturday, April 26.

“It’s tough to watch him, you know – and especially to help someone you don’t know, you never met – you know, he just went in to try to intervene, which he did,” said Talington’s brother, Gregory Allen. “And he lost his life doing it – doing the right thing.”

Talington had an infectious smile, and everyone seemed to love him. In high school, he was crowned prom king, and “The King” would be the nickname that would stick through him throughout his 20s.

Talington studied special education in college, but he really wanted to be a firefighter like his big brother. At his funeral, the Jersey City Fire Department honored Talington with a badge and a helmet.

“He always said he didn’t want to make me disappointed in him, and he didn’t,” Allen said.

The Hudson County Prosecutor’s office has released the tape showing the incident to CBS 2 News because investigators believe some witnesses could help solve the crime.

Prosecutors already have interviewed the man who allegedly pushed the woman. They said it was another person who walked up to Talington outside and pumped a bullet into him from behind.

“We’re reaching to anybody who was inside the A-Plus Deli, or outside of the A-Plus Deli, who observed the fight, as well as the shooting,” said Hudson County Prosecutor’s office Lt. Brian Duval. “In particular, there’s the female victim who was shoved during the initial altercation, and her two companions who were with her that night.”

“If there is anyone out there who knows anything, please come forward,” added Allen, “because if you were put in this position, you would want someone to come forward for you. I’m begging you, I’m asking you, please come forward.”

If you were a witness inside or outside the deli, investigators said any information you give them will be kept confidential. Talington’s brother is hoping that after watching the video, someone out there will do the right thing.

Anyone with information on the case is asked to call the Hudson County Prosecutor’s office Homicide Unit at (201) 915-1345.

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