An 18-year-old and two 17-year-old boys are currently facing serious criminal charges in connection with their arrest on suspicion of fatally shooting a 17-year-old boy. The incident occurred in Roselle, New Jersey.

According to authorities, the three teenagers allegedly contributed to the shooting and death of the 17-year-old on Feb. 20 at a park near Polk Elementary School. The victim died immediately. While there were no reported witnesses of the actual event, people nearby the elementary school said they initially thought that the alleged gunfire had been fireworks set off by students on Presidents Day. The connection between the accused teenagers and the victim is not known at this time.

The two 17-year-olds were being held at the county juvenile detention center. The 18-year-old was detained at the Union County Jail with bail set at $1 million.

While the death of the 17-year-old boy is certainly a tragedy that has shaken up the community of Roselle, it is important to remember that all those who are facing criminal charges are innocent unless and until proven guilty. In cases like this, prosecutors are often under immense pressure from the public to secure a conviction. However, every accused person has a right to a fair trial under U.S. law. Cases like this often come with harsh and life-changing consequences. Because of this, the young men in this case may find it helpful to obtain a complete understanding of their rights and options as they face such serious charges.

Source: NBC News 4 New York, “3 Arrested in Deadly NJ Playground Shooting,” Feb. 23, 2012