Newark schoolyard murders survivor testifies in court

The parents of the three murdered friends are suing the school district for negligence.

The parents of the three murdered friends are suing the school district for negligence. (2/4/13)

NEWARK - The survivor of an attack in Newark that killed three college-aged friends testified today in a lawsuit filed by the victims' parents.

A jury has heard testimony this month in the suit filed by the parents of Iofemi Hightower, Dashon Harvey and Terrance Aeriel. The three friends and the survivor had attended or were considering attending Delaware State University when they were slain behind Newark's Mount Vernon School in August 2007.

The killings prompted a host of anti-crime measures in Newark. 

The families' lawsuit claims the school district was negligent for leaving the schoolyard gates open at night when it was a known gang hangout.

All six defendants are serving prison terms.

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