17-year-old arrested in shooting of Weequahic H.S. freshman Coulibabry Wilson

Police have arrested a teenager and charged him with the murder of another teenager near his school.

Police have arrested a teenager and charged him

Police have arrested a teenager and charged him with the murder of another teenager near his school. (Credit: News 12 New Jersey)

NEWARK - Police have arrested a teenager and charged him with the murder of another teenager near his school.

Coulibabry Wilson, 15, was gunned down after an argument Tuesday afternoon. He was the second freshman from Weequahic High School to be murdered this academic year. 

A 17-year-old was arrested in Newark and charged with the crime late Wednesday night. His name hasn't been released because of his age. 

Investigators credit the quick arrest to the idea that Newark residents will cooperate with police when the victims are children.

"A young man, dressed in his school uniform, is killed in front of many people, outside of a school... Fortunately we don't have to experience that frequently, but I do believe members of the community react and respond," says Acting Essex County Prosecutor Carolyn Murray.

Wilfredo Perez was the lead detective on this case and spoke with Wilson's parents. "As a father myself, I can only put myself in the place of his parents," he says. "It's a great loss."

Sharif Amenhotep, with the Newark Anti-Violence coalition says two families have suffered in this case. "It becomes like a tragedy as well as a crime because we got two African-Americans under the age of 18, one who lost his life and another who could potentially lose his life to the criminal justice system," he says.

The state could look to try the juvenile as an adult. 

Weequahic High School has had extra school security officers on hand through final exams. 

advertisement | advertise on News 12

Trending Video

1 VIDEO: Pro-President Donald Trump rally held in Middletown
Supporters of President Donald Trump held a rally 2 Rally in support of President Trump held in Middletown
Suez Water on scene of water main break 3 Suez Water on scene of water main break in Hoboken
Supporters of President Donald Trump gather in Wayne 4 2 pro-President Trump rallies held in New Jersey
Big Daddy's in Massapequa has a celebration ready 5 LI Winter: Mardi Gras at Big Daddy's

advertisement | advertise on News 12

More News

A Newark teen was shot and killed less Weequahic H.S. mourns 2nd murder in freshman class

A Newark teen was shot and killed less than an hour after school and police

Newark officials say two teenagers were shot and 3rd victim in Newark shooting dies

Authorities say the third teenager who was shot on Christmas night in New Jersey's largest

3 arrested, 2 wanted in Essex County murders 3 arrested, 2 wanted in Essex County murders

Authorities have arrested three people and are looking for two others in connection to a

Alnisa Reed, Morman’s mother, was joined by South Victim's mother calls for cease-fire

The mother of one of the two teens killed in Newark on Christmas joined a

Sorry to interrupt...

Your first 5 are free

Access to News12 is free for Optimum, Comcast®, Time Warner® and Service Electric℠ video customers.

Please enjoy 5 complimentary views to articles, photos, and videos during the next 30 days.

LOGIN SUBSCRIBE