First witnesses called in schoolyard murder trial

The first witnesses were on the stand today in the Newark schoolyard murder trial. Jurors heard from a paramedic who said he thought the only survivor of the attack, Natasha Aeriel, was also dead. He said Aeriel had almost no pulse, but suddenly started to fight for her life. Aeriel was one of four people shot behind Mt. Vernon Elementary School in August 2007. Dashon Harvey, Iofemi Hightower and Terrance Aeriel were killed in the shooting. Natasha Aeriel is expected to testify tomorrow morning.

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