Aquilla Flood Murder: Ex-boyfriend Charged In Slaying Of 17-year-old N.J. Prom Queen

Two weeks ago, Nicole Flood found her daughter, Aquilla Flood shot dead in her East Orange, NJ bedroom. Her uncle said he looked in  on her around 3 a.m and  she was found dead around 7:30 a.m. Aquilla’s classmates described her as stylish and friendly and was preparing to attend her prom.

Aquilla’s ex boyfriend has been arrested and faces murder charges related to her death. Her 18-year-old ex, Al Muqqadin Means, is suspected of killing Aquilla because of her refusal to attend the prom with him. It is also worth noting that Aquilla was the repeated recipient of threats from Means.

From NJ.com:

Nicole Flood has said Means climbed a fire escape to gain access to the family’s third story apartment and shot Aquilla while she slept. Police have not confirmed that account.

Aquilla Flood broke up with Means several months ago, her mother said, after the suspect’s sister warned the girl that the 18-year-old was a violent man. The threats started a few weeks later.

She was so scared that she begged her mother to move to a new apartment, but Nicole Flood said she didn’t know the extent of the threat posed by Means until after she found her daughter lying in a pool of blood in her bedroom. Aquilla apparently told her uncle about the threats, but not her mother.

Flood’s aunt told NJ.com: “We are extremely excited and happy for that (his arrest), but it sill doesn’t bring out beloved niece and daughter back.”


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