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Published On: Sat, Dec 28th, 2013

Zainee Hailey and Newark teen boy murdered, pushing the city’s total for 2013 over 100

A Christmas night shooting in a residential Newark neighborhood took the lives of a boy and girl agees 13 and 14. New Jersey’s largest city now has a 2013 total of homicides at the highest total in nearly 10 ten years.

Zainee Hailey

Zainee Hailey

Newark police and the county prosecutor’s office said a 13-year-old and 14-year-old were killed in a shooting that also left a third young victim hospitalized in critical but stable condition.

The shooting took place at 10pm, leaving Zainee Hailey and one boy dead. Both were pronounced dead at University Hospital in Newark.

Another boy was shot in the crest and breathing with the use of a tube.

Witnesses say “the teens were on the porch when a gunman wearing a ski mask came up the steps and started firing,” reported by HuffPo.

Newark police reported 96 murders through Dec. 8. At least four more, including Wednesday night’s slayings, have been reported since then by the prosecutor’s office.

Newark, a city of about 280,000 residents, last reached triple digits in murders in 2006 with 107, according to police department statistics. That number fell slightly, to 99, the following year before dropping to 67 in 2008.

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- Roxanne "Butter" Bracco began with the Dispatch as Pittsburgh Correspondent, but will be providing reports and insights from Washington DC, Maryland and the surrounding region. Contact Roxie aka "Butter" at [email protected] ATTN: Roxie or Butter Bracco

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