MOUNT HOLLY – A Bucks County man has been convicted of the fatal shooting of a 14-year-old here.
Tamir Phillips, 24, fatally shot Jesse “Nuk” Everett as the Willingboro youth sat at the steering wheel of a car at a gas station in August 2021, according to the Burlington County Prosecutor’s Office.
The shooting occurred at a Phillips 66 gas station at Martin Luther King Jr. Drive and Beverly-Rancocas Road.
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According to the prosecutor’s office, Phillips was in a car passing the gas station when he saw Everett in a car that had been reported stolen one day earlier.
The car’s owner frequently allowed Phillips to use it, the prosecutor’s office said in a statement.
The driver of the passing car pulled into the gas station, where Phillips confronted Everett and fired a single shot into his head, the statement said.
Two people in the car with Everett were not injured.
The teenage victim, who was shot around 3 p.m., died later that afternoon.
Everett’s family had moved from Newark a little more than a year prior to get away from violence in the North Jersey city, according to Facebook post by Imani Sierchio, who identified herself as the teen’s sister.
Sierchio described Everett as a “good kid” who “didn’t deserve this.”
The teen’s mother, Danielle Everett, described her son as a “goofy, loving, caring and supportive kid.”
“He loved playing football, basketball & his game but he loved his siblings more,” she wrote in a GoFundMe appeal, which noted her son was one of 14 children.
Phillips, a Bensalem resident who was known to stay in Willingboro, was quickly identified as a suspect.
Charges were filed against him the next day, the prosecutor’s office said.
A jury deliberated for about eight hours over two days before finding Phillips guilty of murder and weapons offenses.
Superior Court Judge Gerard Breland scheduled sentencing for Jan. 5.
Jim Walsh is a senior reporter for the Courier-Post, Burlington County Times and The Daily Journal. Email: Jwalsh@cpsj.com.
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