Day: April 14, 2023

Trenton Man Identified As Victim Of Last Night’s Shooting

April 15, 2023

Afternoon Update:

The Mercer County Homicide Task Force and the Trenton Police Department are investigating a shooting that occurred in the area of Rutherford Avenue and Prospect Street last night. At approximately 8:21 pm, Trenton Police received a ShotSpotter activation for six rounds in the area of 328 Rutherford Avenue. Trenton Police responded to the area and located a male in an area behind 332 and 330 Rutherford Avenue suffering from a gunshot wound to the chest. He was transported to the hospital but was later pronounced deceased. The victim has been identified as Daniel Garvin, 46 years old, of Trenton.
The investigation is ongoing and no arrests have been made.  Anyone with information is asked to contact the Mercer County Homicide Task Force at (609) 989-6406.  Information can also be emailed to

Morning Update:

The Mercer County Prosecutors Office has identified the victim as Daniel Garvin, 46 years old, of Trenton.

April 14, 2023

TRENTON, NJ (MERCER)–Sometime before 9:00 p.m. Trenton Police, Trenton EMS, Captial Health Paramedics and Trenton Fire responded to the 300 Block of Rutherford Avenue near Prospect Street for a shooting. Upon arrival a person was found shot and there reports of CPR being given. The person was transported to Captial Health Regional Medical Center and a trauma alert was called enroute to the hospital. The person was pronounced a short time later.

The Mercer County Homicide Task Force is investigating the shooting.

The Mercer County Prosecutor’s Office did confirm a fatal shooting, but other details were not available.

Names of the 2023 Trenton Homicide Victims

  1. 1/16/2023 Donnell Williams, 29, Trenton, Shooting.
  2. 2/12/2023 Stephanie Vil, 34, of Burlington, Shooting.
  3. 2/16/2023 Khalil Glanton, 23, Trenton, Stabbing.
  4. 3/24/2023 Harold Rosario, 19, Trenton, Shooting.
  5. 3/26/2023 Nyeisha Saunders, 41, Trenton, Shooting.
  6. 3/09/2023 Jhosse Tolentino, 23, Trenton, Shooting
  7. 4/14/2023 Daniel Garvin, 46, Trenton

BAPS Issues Statement To Robbinsville Township Regarding Recent Volunteer Housing Situation

April 14, 2023

ROBBINSVILLE, NJ (MERCER)—BAPS has sent a letter to Mayor Dave Fried that was read at the Robbinsville Township Council meeting last night, April 13, 2022. The full letter is below regarding the recent volunteer housing situation.

April 13, 2023

Hon. David L. Fried

Township of Robbinsville

2298 Route 33
Robbinsville, NJ 08691

Dear Mayor Fried,

We write to apologize for the recent volunteer housing situation in Robbinsville, the difficulties that it has created for the town and its employees, and the unfortunate and unwanted media attention it has brought to you, the Council, and our Robbinsville neighbors and friends.

For the past 15 years, you and the Robbinsville community at large have been so welcoming and supportive as we have worked to bring the mandir into existence. And it is that long and meaningful relationship that makes us even more apologetic.

As you know, the construction of the BAPS mandir has attracted hundreds of American volunteers from across the country who wish to perform “seva” (selfless service) by helping in that important work. Most of these volunteers are college students, business owners, engineers, doctors, lawyers, and professionals. Some stay for months; others come and go and return again for a few weeks. Those who have been staying in Robbinsville during the past several months have come from across the United States. Many have flown from their home states to New Jersey alone or with friends; some have driven long or short distances to join our efforts.

BAPS traditions emphasize serving those who serve. We have nothing but awe and respect for these amazing volunteers who have put their lives on pause to be a part of something larger than themselves. They want to contribute to a project that will build bridges between Indian-Americans and the broader American community.

Given the enthusiasm of these volunteers to perform seva at our mandir, we work hard to arrange appropriate short-term housing during their stay. While most volunteers stay at the mandir or in local hotels, others have been guests of friends or relatives who are also BAPS devotees. In addition, some members of our community have offered to create communal dormitory settings on their property.

While BAPS doesn’t own the buildings provided by our devotees, there is no question that we should have been more diligent in ensuring the safety and comfort of the volunteers who have stayed there. It is against our values to place people at risk, and it was our responsibility to make sure that we did not do so. And two of the houses clearly did not meet that standard or our own expectations.

We understand that the Township’s inspectors, as well as those we hired ourselves, have inspected the remaining facilities. Furthermore, we have relocated all volunteers who were staying in communal dormitory settings and continue to work with Township, state, and federal authorities to prevent this from happening again.

We are committed to reinforcing the excellent relationship that BAPS has enjoyed with the town and its leadership for all these years. We pledge to continue working together as partners to fully ensure many more years of mutual respect, warmth, and welcome.

Chandresh Patel, Mandir (Temple) Coordinator, BAPS Robbinsville

Dr. Nisha Shah, Women’s Volunteer Outreach Coordinator, BAPS Robbinsville

2021 file photo