Three Teens Arrested In Connection To New Jersey Couple Killed After Their Engagement Party

- By Bossip Staff

Three 19-year-old’s are believed to be behind the brutal shootings that claimed the lives of Nia Haqq and Michael Muchioki last weekend…

A Jersey City woman whose brother was charged in the execution-style killings of two men earlier this year was among three teens arrested today for a similarly ruthless double-slaying: Sunday’s killings of a young couple as they returned home from their engagement party.

Darmelia Lawrence, 19, who sought to provide an alibi for her brother after his February arrest, was charged with felony murder, armed robbery and weapons counts in the shooting deaths of Michael Muchioki, 27, and Nia Haqq, 25, who were buried together in a Linden cemetery today afternoon.

Two of Lawrence’s friends — Latonia Bellamy and Shiquan Bellamy, thought to be cousins — also were charged. Both are 19 and from Jersey City.

Lawrence and Latonia Bellamy were each ordered held on $1 million bail during an appearance in the Central Judicial Court in Jersey City.

Shiquan Bellamy has been in custody since Tuesday, when he was picked up for questioning in the killings and was found to have drugs, a violation of his parole from an earlier drug case. Today, he was ordered held in lieu of $2 million bail.

Shiquan Bellamy’s arrest, as well as forensic evidence and phone records, led to a break in the case and charges against the teens, authorities said.

Muchioki, a software engineer who grew up in Jersey City, and Haqq, an associate producer for an affiliate of the Nickelodeon television network, were returning home from their engagement celebration in New Brunswick around 3 a.m. Sunday when the suspects allegedly robbed them and shot them execution-style.

Muchioki suffered a shotgun blast to the back of the head. His fiancee was shot in the back of the head with a pistol, Hudson County Prosecutor Edward DeFazio said. The killers stole gift cards the couple had received at the party, along with cell phones and Haqq’s engagement ring.

The crime echoed in brutality, if not in precise detail, to the double-murder allegedly carried out by Lawrence’s brother two months earlier. In that case, Ronald “Diddy” Lawrence, 21, and another man executed two men with gunshots to the head in what DeFazio previously called a “premeditated and planned” robbery.

Today’s arrests were announced as hundreds of mourners crowded into Monumental Baptist Church in Jersey City for Muchioki’s memorial service. Deputy Mayor Kabili Tayari broke the news inside the church, drawing thunderous applause from those gathered inside.

“We’re happy,” Muchioki’s mother, Sandra, said of the arrests. “We are so thankful.”

Haqq’s mother, Majeeda Haqq, called the charges a first step in what she expects to be a long march toward closure.

“I’m relieved, but I won’t be totally relieved until we go to trial and we get some answers,” she said.

Nia Haqq’s funeral service was held Thursday at Newark Symphony Hall. She and Muchioki, who were to be married in Aruba next April, were instead buried side by side this afternoon at Linden’s Rosedale Cemetery. Their families placed matching wedding bands on their fingers.

That was a nice touch that the families of Nia and Michael had them buried side by side. Our thoughts and prayers go out to their loved ones.

R.I.P. Nia Haqq and Michael Muchioki

Hardened criminals at 19 killing innocent people execution style. SMH.


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  • Jenifer

    Sad. Damn, get a job or a hobby. Dumb

  • TRUTH IS....

    great job tweens….great job….am really proud to be black in america…..smh….check the names….name your children like you have some sense ppl

  • Gotfreckles

    He is a brother of A phi A. A dang on shame.

  • soho

    RIP & may the bereaved family find some solace in this capture




  • Siobaun

    My Prayers are with the family. In my opinion, the courts need to find an deserted island and put all the people who want to kill innocent people on it and they can just kill each other.

  • gg

    please take this trash and kill them. not worthy of a anyone attention. how could you do this to such a nice are a disgrace to any race. please kill them.

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  • Angee

    So Sad!! They didn’t have to kill them!


  • Justice

    The punishment should fit the crime, they should be served execution style and see how they feel about it. — A crime like this is utterly ridiculous, you don’t give them life sentences and waste tax payer dollars and even the prospect of their escape

  • YeahIKnow

    Are you freaking kidding me, this is unbelievable, how can you be so heartless. I don’t get ppl who like to rob others, and on top of that to kill them its just so senseless. What these d.u.m.b.a.s.s.e.s dont think about is how temporary it is to take someone’s else’s things instead of going out and getting your own.

    And anyway you got caught and won’t be able to enjoy what you thought was worth taking someone else’s life over, and now you will be in jail forever, and for what. This makes me so sick, ppl’s mentality these days. My heart truly goes out to the families of this couple.

    They took away someone’s daughter/ son, brother/sister, cousin, etc. for what? They never got to see their future as a married couple w/ kids etc. This upsets me, and they should get the worst sentence that they can get.

  • It's Me

    This is some BS.. Wow would they do something like this. If you have to be thugs just kill your opponents and not innocent people. Like bloods killing bloods or creeps


    SMH. they need to get a job and a life.what was the point of taking thier life? hopefully they burn in hell after all the days thier spend in prision ghetto trash !

  • thablackyoutube

    This is pure madness!! SMH!!


    @mr cool. i completely agree. if the brother killed someone and the sister killed someone, there is something in that dna that needs to be destroyed.

  • Justice

    There is extreme ignorance in the black community and this is what’s helping to keep us down. The fact that blacks kill blacks in such cruel ways and for such trivial things underlies a serious mental/social issue within the community. Blame the music, blame “the man”, blame lack of parental structure, blame bad environment, lack of education, blame intelligent blacks who are trying but don’t do enough to grab the community by the balls… but at the end of the day we have to blame the weak minded individual and DO OUR PART TO STOP THE SPREAD OF NONSENSE IN OUR COMMUNITY!

  • http://bossip Keep it Real

    Darmelia Lawrence, 19 her brother Ronald “Diddy” Lawrence, 21. How old is the “momma” and wtf was going on in that home. I think another arrest needs to be made.

  • http://bossip Keep it Real

    please take this trash and kill them. not worthy of a anyone attention. how could you do this to such a nice are a disgrace to any race. please kill them.

    Jesse Jackson, Cornell West and your other prominent pseudo black intellectuals are against the death penalty. They say its racist.

  • KreoleKing

    He goes our strong black women

  • WTF


  • JerseyGirl

    Michael, Nia and his parents are my neighbors. Although I can’t say I knew them personally, my heart is heavy for their loss. Everyone in our area is shocked. That being said, the violence these young people exhibited has nothing to do with the color of their skin or the name the parents gave them.
    When people say, “Oh this is some Black Ghetto Mess” we cut ourselves of from getting the type government and private funding that our neighborhoods need. The best thing any of us can do is follow in footsteps of this young couple and continue to be an example in our community.

  • Me

    Trying to be a good example for the trifling ones will not help. We have a BLACK PRESIDENT! If that’s not enough,lol….ugh!

  • Bad DNA

    This is what happens when hoodrats are impregnated by goons. Hoodrats + Goons = Babies with “Bad DNA!” [you get kids who might not be attractive to begin with, followed by bad predisposition, poor attitude, LOW IQs born into poverty, which is a perfect recipe for criminals in the making]

    Women take control of your bodies break the cycle of bring bad seeds with damaged DNA into society. Don’t let these sorry goons implant bad seeds into your body. Break the Cycle!!!

  • Bad DNA

    I bet they are related to the comedian/actor Bill Bellamy who is also from New Jersey.

  • Yogi

    RIP to such a beautiful young, black and successful couple. They had their whole lives ahead of them. This is so tragic. I’m speechless.

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