Mayor dedicates memorial to trio slain in schoolyard
The victims of last summer's schoolyard killings are remembered in Newark at the dedication of a memorial.
Shalga Hightower, whose 20-year-old daughter Iofemi was one of three college-bound friends killed last August, says today is a day to celebrate and honor the memory of "beautiful, courageous angels."
The garden memorial in Ivy Hill Park, across from the site of the slayings, is highlighted by a raised, triangular planter in honor of the three victims: Hightower, 20-year-old Dashon Harvey and 18-year-old Terrance Aeriel.
The three were shot execution-style next to a wall in back of the Mount Vernon School, and at least two of the victims were slashed with a machete.
Aeriel's sister, Natasha, 19, was shot in the head but survived, and is represented with a plaque.
Memorialplanned at site of Newark school shooting