NEWARK, N.J. -- Three of the young people had been ordered to line up against a wall on the weedy steps behind an elementary school and were shot to death from close range. A fourth was found alive by police slumped near a set of bleachers about 30 feet away, with gunshot and knife wounds to her head.
All were from Newark; and all would soon either start or resume their lives away from the violent city, at a college hundreds of miles away.
Ofemi Hightower been accepted Thursday to Delaware State University after two years of rejection letters. Terrance Aerial was a business major there and an ordained minister, while his sister Natasha was to depart for Dover after the weekend to return to summer classes and a job at a Subway sandwich shop.
Deshawn Harvey was also due back at the university this week for his job in the school's administration building.
Essex County Prosecutor Paula Dow said authorities don't have any suspects nor a motive in the murders of Hightower, Harvey and Terrance Aerial. Natasha Aerial is listed in fair condition at Newark's University Hospital.
"They were good kids,'' Dow said, adding that none had criminal records and went to the lot behind Mount Vernon School Saturday night to hang out and listen to music.
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