Newark shooting leaves 2 teenagers dead, 1 critical

Carolina Leid reports from Newark.
December 26, 2013 8:21:13 PM PST
Gun violence in Newark late Christmas night left a 13-year-old girl and 15-year-old boy dead and another teenager in critical condition.

Police are still searching for the shooter or shooters after the shots rang out on Schley Street, near I-78, around 10 p.m.

EMTs rushed the three teens to University Hospital, where two were pronounced dead and the third was clinging to life in critical but stable condition.

"Sit back take a look at what's going on at here. Most of you are dying before your time, before mom and dad," a participant said.

These Newark teens and young adults are tired of burying their friends, and exhausted from having to constantly try to stay out of harm's way.

"I'm tired of going to funerals, I'm tired of candlelight vigils, I'm tired of seeing my friend in the newspapers in a stain of blood!" another participant said.

More than 50 young people gathered outside Newark Penn Station this Thursday night for a candlelight vigil to remember the victims of the Christmas night deadly shooting.

13-year-old Zainee Hailey, who was taking out the trash, and 15-year-old Kasson Morman were both shot and killed.

So far there are no motive and no arrests.

A 14-year-old boy was hit in the lung, leaving him on a ventilator.

"So far he's stable. He's breathing on a machine, he's not breathing on his own. The machine is breathing for him," said Shaheeda Frazier, the victim's mother.

"We watched him from when he was a baby. He ain't never hurt nobody, never hurt anybody," a family friend said.

"Everybody knew him. He wasn't about any trouble or anything, but you here, this, you can't help but come together," said Kunsean Savage, the victim's friend.

Thursday night, a crime scene unit sat on a Newark street near the Irvington border, not far away from another deadly shooting at a strip club.

The victim's friends and neighbors are demanding an end to this violence, hoping for a better way of life.

"I try not to be outside. I can't stop myself from coming outside. You have to watch who you hang around," said Darnell Davis, the victim's friend.

Hailey was a student at Bragraw Avenue School in Newark, while Mormon attended Central High School. The third victim is a student at Weequahic High School.