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4 Young Women Shot In Newark During Candlelight Vigil For Recent Car Crash



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Four young women were hospitalized after a shooting in Newark on Saturday night.

Police said gunfire broke out near Bergen Street and Madison Avenue just after 9 p.m.
One victim, a 16-year-old, was shot in the head and is listed in critical condition at University Hospital. The other three were hit in the legs by bullets or fragments and are expected to be fine.

“The family needs all of the prayers that they can get,” Newark resident Keesha Eure told CBS2’s Dave Carlin on Sunday.

City officials later confirmed that the women — all between the ages of 16 and 20 — had gathered for a candlelight vigil near the scene of a deadly crash that killed two teens on Friday.

“The person who perpetrated that act on those four girls, that’s cowardice. That’s unacceptable,” community activist Lamont Vaughn said.
The vigil was for 17-year-old Quadre Robinson and 19-year-old Quayim Battle, who were killed after crashing a stolen car into a home at the same site of Saturday’s shooting.

“The shooting of four girls at a candlelight vigil was a cowardly act of hatred that pierced the hearts of all in our community,” Newark Mayor Ras Baraka said in a statement Sunday.

“Our prayers go out to the four victims and their families. This is a time for our city and our families to come together, not to turn our pain and anger inward, but to love our community harder and work to bring the shooter to justice,” the mayor added.

As they search for the person who shot the girls, police have not established a motive. So it’s unclear if anyone shot was an intended target, or if the gunfire is somehow connected to Friday’s fatal car crash.

Police said in the first incident the stolen car was speeding before it clipped a traffic light and crashed into a parked minivan, sending both vehicles into the side of an apartment building.

In his second-floor home was Najee Johnson, who ran to the window.

“I saw a big fireball on top of a car,” Johnson said.

He said he was at the vigil the next day, but only briefly and before the gunfire.

“It was a lot of kids,” Johnson said. “I got in the car. I left.”

Newark community activists said there will be a vigil Wednesday evening to take back the area after so much violence and tragedy.

“We come out as a supporting body, so to speak, to basically protect and shield those who do come out to mourn the loss of their loved ones,” Vaughn said.

“We’re going to reclaim our streets,” Eure added.

The Essex County Sheriff’s Office is also offering a $50,000 reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the shooter.

Authorities are asking anyone with information about the shooting to call the Newark’s 24-hour Crime Stopper tip line at 1-877-NWK-TIPS (1-877-695-8477) or 1-877-NWK-GUNS (1-877-695-4867).


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9-year-old genius to graduate university




Laurent Simons

(CNN) – A child prodigy from Belgium is on course to gain a bachelor’s degree at the tender age of 9.

Laurent Simons is studying electrical engineering at the Eindhoven University of Technology (TUE) — a tough course even for students of an average graduate age.

Described by staff as “simply extraordinary,” Laurent is on course to finish his degree in December.

He then plans to embark on a PhD program in electrical engineering while also studying for a medicine degree, his father told CNN.

His parents, Lydia and Alexander Simons, said they thought Laurent’s grandparents were exaggerating when they said he had a gift, but his teachers soon concurred.

“They noticed something very special about Laurent,” said Lydia.

Laurent was given test after test as teachers tried to work out the extent of his talents. “They told us he is like a sponge,” said Alexander.

While Laurent comes from a family of doctors, his parents have so far not received any explanation as to why their child prodigy is capable of learning so quickly.

But Lydia has her own theory.

“I ate a lot of fish during the pregnancy,” she joked.

The TUE has allowed Laurent to complete his course faster than other students.

“That is not unusual,” said Sjoerd Hulshof, education director of the TUE bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering, in a statement.

“Special students that have good reasons for doing so can arrange an adjusted schedule. In much the same way we help students who participate in top sport.”

Hulshof said Laurent is “simply extraordinary” and praised the youngster.

“Laurent is the fastest student we have ever had here,” he said. “Not only is he hyper intelligent but also a very sympathetic boy.”

Laurent told CNN his favorite subject is electrical engineering and he’s also “going to study a bit of medicine.”

His progress has not gone unnoticed and he is already being sought out by prestigious universities around the world, although Laurent’s family wouldn’t be drawn on naming which of them he is considering for his PhD.

“The absorption of information is no problem for Laurent,” said his father.

“I think the focus will be on research and applying the knowledge to discover new things.”

While Laurent is evidently able to learn faster than most, his parents are being careful to let him enjoy himself too.

“We don’t want him to get too serious. He does whatever he likes,” said Alexander. “We need to find a balance between being a child and his talents.”

Laurent said he enjoys playing with his dog Sammy and playing on his phone, like many young people.

However, unlike most 9-year-olds, he has already worked out what he wants to do with his life: develop artificial organs.

In the meantime, Laurent has to finish his bachelor’s degree and choose which academic institution will play host to the next stage in his remarkable journey.

Before that, he plans on taking a vacation to Japan for an undoubtedly well-deserved break.

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Gang members slam BMW into rival and his 8-year-old son in Harlem




Gang members slam BMW into rival and his 8-year-old son in Harlem

Two gangbangers aimed their BMW like a missile at a father and his 8-year-old son on a Harlem sidewalk in a horrifying incident captured by video distributed by police Thursday.

The BMW — driven by a man police believe is a member of the Gorilla Stone Bloods Gang — was zeroed in on the father, a rival gang member, said cops.

Around 3:45 p.m. Nov. 6, the boy and his father were walking on W. 112th St. by Adam Clayton Powell Jr. Blvd. when the BMW jumped the sidewalk and slammed into them both, said cops.

Father and son were both knocked through a gate.

The BMW driver then backed up — and its driver and passenger, also believed to be a gang member, jumped out of the car and ran toward the father and the son.

One of the attackers slashed the father, identified by sources as 32-year-old Brian McIntosh, who’s served prison time for robbery and bail jumping.

McIntosh and his son went to Harlem Hospital. Miraculously, the boy escaped serious harm.

McIntosh was so adamant about refusing to help police catch his attackers that the young boy’s mother had to file a police report alleging he was the victim of a crime, police sources said.

Cops released video of the attack, and ask anyone with information about the suspects to call Crime Stoppers at (800) 577-TIPS.


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