Crime N.J. Man Sentenced to 10 Years for Shooting Teen Girl in the Head in Crowded Apartment Naimah Bell was a freshman in high school when she was killed in 2019 By Chris Harris Chris Harris Twitter Chris Harris has been a senior true crime reporter for PEOPLE since late 2015. An award-winning journalist who has worked for Rolling Stone and MTV News, Chris enjoys prog rock, cycling, Marvel movies, IPAs, and roller coasters. People Editorial Guidelines Published on January 11, 2022 11:38 AM Share Tweet Pin Email Naimah Bell. A New Jersey man was sentenced to 10 years in state prison for a 2019 shooting in Atlantic City that killed 15-year-old Naimah Bell. PEOPLE confirms Nahquil Lovest, 20, learned his sentence on Thursday. He was sentenced on an amended charge of aggravated manslaughter, and must serve at least 85% of his sentence before he can become eligible for parole. Lovest had pleaded guilty in July 2020 to a charge of first-degree aggravated manslaughter, according to a statement from the Atlantic County Prosecutor's Office. He was arrested on July 26, 2019 — the day after authorities say he shot Naimah inside a crowded apartment building. Naimah was found shot in the head shortly after 4 a.m. Alex Settle, the attorney for Lovest, had previously labeled the fatal shooting an "accident" in an interview with WPVI-TV. Naimah was a freshman at Pleasantville High School at the time of her death. She was one of the top students in her class. Want to keep up with the latest crime coverage? Sign up for PEOPLE's free True Crime newsletter for breaking crime news, ongoing trial coverage and details of intriguing unsolved cases. The Press of Atlantic City covered a candlelight vigil organized for Bell soon after her murder. "She'd light up the room when she came in," said friend Niyyah Callaway. "She was beautiful, smart and everyone loved her." Sanai Macon, another friend, said she was a "comedian" who always wanted her friends to be happy. "All we did was just laugh and goof around," said Macon at the 2019 vigil. "That's all we ever did. She had a whole bunch of friends, and that's all we ever did."