Four people have been killed in Newark since last night, including three young people shot execution-style in a school playground, and a man in an unrelated slaying this morning.
Terrance Aeriel's sister, 19-year-old Natasha Aeriel, also was shot. She was listed in fair condition today at University Hospital, hospital spokesman Rogers Ramsey said.
Newark police and the Essex County Prosecutor's Office are investigating the circumstances surrounding the homicides, according to Newark Detective Todd McClendon.
All four people in the schoolyard killings were shot in the head at close range, prosecutor's office spokesman Paul Loriquet said. He said the three victims who died were lined up against a back wall of the school and shot.
The victims all are Newark residents, Loriquet said, and three had Delaware State University identification cards.
A separate shooting at 8:30 a.m. on Smith Street left one man dead, in what the prosecutor's office is calling a retalitatory shooting for an attempt on two people's lives earlier this morning in the same area.
The killings brought the number of homicides in the city this year to 60, compared with 63 for the same time last year, McClendon said