NEWARK, N.J. - Three friends were forced to kneel against a wall behind an elementary school and were shot to death at close range, and a fourth was found about 30 feet away with gunshot and knife wounds to her head, police said.
All were from Newark and planned to attend Delaware State University this fall and all said they were coming right back home at 10:30 P.M. They said they were just going for something to eat. None were said to have criminal records. The teens were behind a building listening to music when they began texting each other, saying they should leave when gradually approached by a group of unknown men, who shot and stabbed Natasha and then forced the three other teens down a alley, where they lined them up making them kneel facing the wall, then killing each one in execution style. With a close range shot to their heads.
Natasha Aerial, 19, was listed in fair condition at Newark's University Hospital, authorities said. Police identified her companions as her brother, Terrance Aerial, 18, Ofemi Hightower, 20, and Deshawn Harvey, 20.