Arrest in murders of 2 teenagers in Newark

Toni Yates reports live from Elizabeth, New Jersey
December 31, 2013 2:23:16 PM PST
Authorities say a juvenile has been taken into custody for the double murder of 13-year-old Zainee Hailey and 15-year-old Kasson Mormon on Christmas night in Newark.

Authorities have also identified some adult suspects in the Christmas Day shooting in Irvington in front of Slicks GoGo bar, where five men were shot, three fatally.

In addition, the prosecutor's office will discuss arrests or warrants issued In the shooting of a pregnant woman and the fatal shooting of 18-year-old Reginald Terry, a star athlete from Newark, killed early Saturday morning during a fight outside a party.

Meanwhile, funeral services were held in Elizabeth Tuesday for Hailey, who was shot and killed while taking out the trash at her family's house in Newark.

She had just returned home from her grandfather's house in Elizabeth where she had opened Christmas presents.

Also killed in the crossfire was Morman, who was sitting on the porch, while a third teen was seriously injured.

They were the latest victims in a wave of violence in New Jersey's largest city.

On Monday, Morman's parents joined with community leaders in calling for an end to the violence.

They mourned their son and feel for the children who are left to live with the agony.

"It hurts me to see these kids crying about losing a friend. This has got to stop," said Richard Morman, Kasson's father.

It's the first time they've spoken publicly since the shooting that took their 15-year-old son's life, as he was sitting on a porch with friends on Schley Street.

Zainee's grandfather tried to make a plea this weekend to the shooters.

"Let's put the guns down, turn yourself in," said Michael Peterson, Zainee's grandfather.

"We're in the midst of an epidemic. Newark has had 110 murders in the South Ward," said Shavar Jeffries, candidate for mayor.

Hopeful politicians called the event, and neighbors say efforts need to happen before guns become the answer.

"You got kids with nothing to do. They're in the street. What next? Trouble," said Thomas Graham, a Newark resident.

Newark will end 2013 with more than 100 murders, the most since 2006.