Four shot during vigil in Newark
Cyril Josh Barker | 1/31/2019, 3:17 p.m.
A Newark community is shaken after four teenage girls were shot during a vigil, leaving one of the victims fighting for her life after being shot in the head.
The shooting took place Saturday night, Jan. 26, on Bergen Street and Madison Avenue. The vigil was for Quadre Robinson and Quayim Battle, who had both died in a car crash the day before.
The gunman reportedly walked up on the four women and began shooting. Three of the teenage women were shot in the leg and 16-year-old Jayla Green was shot in the head. She was taken to University Hospital, where she is in critical condition.
“We are aggressively investigating this senseless act of violence,” Newark Mayor Ras Baraka said. “We ask anyone with information about this incident to come forward and to report what they know to the police.”
The Essex County Sheriff’s Office is offering $50,000 for any information about the shooting.
“Devastated by the shooting of four young women at a vigil last night in Newark,” Gov. Phil Murphy said on Twitter. “This shameful act of gun violence has no place in NJ.”
The Newark Anti-Violence Coalition hosted a rally Wednesday at the site where the shooting happened. NAVC officials said the shooting has sparked outrage throughout the city. NAVC and the Shani Baraka Center responded by offering support to the affected families.
“From the victims, to the neighborhood, and even to the perpetrators and the extremely dark place they must be in order to do such a horrible act, everyone needs some real help and support,” said Zayid Muhammad, media coordinator for NAVC.