NEWARK - A Newark teen was shot and killed less than an hour after school and police say it's the second murder in the freshman class this year.
There was a heavy police presence outside Weequahic High School and grief counselors inside Wednesday after the murder of 15-year-old freshman Coulibabry Wilson.
"You're around him every day. It's hard," says classmate Jerrimiah Downing.
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"We were with him yesterday, then the next day he's gone," adds freshman Damon Barrett.
Friends say the victim was playing basketball at St. Peter's Park at around 3:30 p.m Tuesday about a quarter mile from the school when he was shot and killed.
Wilson's murder comes less than six months after Weequahic student Abdul Frazier was murdered in a high profile triple homicide Christmas night.
All three of those victims were teens, and one of them a 13-year-old girl, who was taking out the trash.
Bashir Akinyele is a member of the Newark Anti-Violence Coalition. He's also a Weequahic history teacher helping his students deal with the tragic deaths. "When they internalize it, sometimes they don't know how to deal with the conflict," he says. "They've seen so much violence they don't know how to deal with it."
Newark Public Schools says final exams will continue as scheduled, but students say focus can be fuzzy when your friend is no longer in the class.