Suspect Charged With Shooting, Killing Hempstead Girl

A suspect was arrested for allegedly killing a 12-year-old girl who was inside her Hempstead home when she was hit by a gunshot he fired from outside it three months ago, Nassau County police said.

Jakwan Keller
Jakwan Keller

Jakwan Keller was charged Sunday with second-degree murder, criminal use of a firearm and criminal possession of a weapon.

Homicide Squad detectives alleged that the 20-year-old Hempstead man fired the gunshot that struck Dejah Joyner in the head while she was in the living room of her Dartmouth Street home at 5 p.m. Friday, Oct. 16.

The victim was taken to a Winthrop University Hospital where she died the next day.

Police had offered a $75,000 reward for information in the case.

Keller will be arraigned Monday at First District Court in Hempstead.