People gather for peace in Newark following violent weekend

Following a violent holiday weekend in Newark, people gathered today for peace and to remember a fallen police officer.

At least four civilians were killed in Newark over the weekend, in addition to a police officer that was killed in a drive-by shooting Thursday evening.

Last week, the Texas Fried Chicken and Pizza restaurant was a crime scene closed off with investigators combing the area following the drive-by shooting of officer William Johnson. Tonight, people gathered to hold a vigil for the fallen officer.

While at the vigil, Minister Thomas Ellis told News 12 New Jersey, "We need to see leaders out in the communities, we need people that care about the communities."

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