Funeral held for Newark grad

July 1, 2008 9:56:31 AM PDT
A funeral service was held today for a teenaged girl -- killed while celebrating her graduation in Newark. Her funeral comes on the same day the city unveils a new crime fighting initiative.18-year old Sujeiti Ocasio was killed last Friday at her home just hours after she graduated Barringer High School.

Ocasio and another teen were shot at a graduation party outside 196 Lincoln Avenue just after 12:15 a.m.

Ocasio was rushed to University Hospital, where she was pronounced dead. Authorities say the single bullet, allegedly fired by 18-year-old Nicole Guyette, went through Ocasio's neck and struck 15-year-old Jasmine Perez. Perez was treated and released from University Hospital in Newark, officials say.

Perez says suddenly in the middle of the party an argument broke out between the two teenagers...

"She got shot for no reason," Perez said. "So the bullet went through her and hit me."

After an intense search for the suspect-- police say Nicole Guyette surrendered to officers at 9:30 Saturday night. She surrendered to police at the Christian Love Baptist church in Irvington.

"I was trying to tell them to stop arguing, but the girl just shot her out of nowhere," Perez said. "They was just [arguing] over nothing. Name calling, over nothing. She got shot for no reason."

Nicole Guyette will be arraigned tomorrow on murder, aggravated assault, and weapons charges.

On the heels of this shooting-- and in an effort to crackdown on crime in Newark-- this morning the city's mayor, Cory Booker will unveil Newark's new state-of-the-art surveillance operations center.

It will allow police to monitor high crime area's around the clock by using more than 100 security camera's that are now in place across Newark.

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STORY BY: Eyewitness News reporter Jamie Roth
WEB PRODUCED BY: Lakisha Bostick


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