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Trenton Man Indicted For 2008 Gang-Related Slayings in Willingboro


MOUNT HOLLY – Burlington County Prosecutor Robert D. Bernardi announced that a Burlington County Grand Jury has indicted a 32-year-old street gang member from Trenton for the fatal shooting of two Willingboro men in separate incidents in September 2008.

Tarik J. Mackins, 32, of 116 Cuyler Avenue in Trenton, was indicted on two counts of Murder (First Degree), Conspiracy (First Degree), Possession of a Weapon for an Unlawful Purpose (Second Degree) and Aggravated Assault (Fourth Degree). The indictment was returned on October 9, 2012. An arraignment will be scheduled soon in Superior Court in Burlington County.

The investigation revealed that on September 22, 2008 at approximately 6:15 p.m., Deion Madison was in the driver’s seat of his Lexus in the parking lot of a Charleston Road strip mall in Willingboro. The indictment alleges that he was approached by Mackins, who reached through the open window on the passenger side and fired several shots from a .357 magnum handgun. Madison, 28, was struck five times in the abdomen, elbow and upper leg. He died four days later at Cooper University Hospital in Camden.

Two days before Madison was killed, 23-year-old Darryl Sample was fatally shot once in the chest and once in the leg as he was walking toward Beverly-Rancocas Road in Willingboro at approximately 9:20 p.m. The shooting occurred near the intersection of Manor and Melbourne Lanes. He was later pronounced dead at Lourdes Medical Center of Burlington County.

Sample and Madison both had ties to the Bloods street gang. Mackins was an associate of a rival gang known as MOE (Muslims Over Everything). It is believed that the motive for both shootings was retaliation for a threat made against an MOE member by a member of the Bloods.

Prior to becoming an MOE associate, Mackins was affiliated with a Bloods set in Trenton.

The investigations were conducted by detectives from the Burlington County Prosecutor’s Office Major Crimes Unit, the Burlington County Prosecutor’s Office Gang, Gun and Narcotics Task Force, special agents from the FBI’s Trenton office, agents from the Trenton office of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, and detectives from the Willingboro Police Department.

An indictment is merely an accusation. The defendant is presumed innocent unless or until proven guilty. 

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