- Associated Press - Sunday, January 19, 2014

ELIZABETH, N.J. (AP) - A northern New Jersey man has been convicted of murder in the shooting death of his former friend’s aunt, a killing that authorities say occurred after the two men argued about their gang affiliations.

Eduardo Lago was also convicted of two weapons offenses stemming from the November 2010 slaying of 35-year-old Yesinina Feliciano of Elizabeth. He faces 30 years to life when he’s sentenced Feb. 21.

Union County prosecutors say the then 17-year-old Lago, a former Elizabeth resident who had moved to Newark, was looking for his former friend when he went to the man’s Elizabeth home. They say he shot Feliciano when she and her sister, the mother of Lago’s former friend, both answered the door at the Erie Street residence.

Feliciano, the mother of four, was shot in the chest. She was pronounced dead at the scene.

Prosecutors say Lago later explained to two friends that the shooting occurred because “one of them (he or the former friend) had to go.”

Lago, now 20, was arrested the day after the shooting, when he was found in a Newark apartment.

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