New York Times: 43 Days Without a Homicide, and Then a Newark Man Is Shot
Friends and relatives wept Tuesday as Mr. Thomas’s body lay under a sheet on the sidewalk. Ms. Neal said Mr. Thomas was a graduate of Malcolm X Shabazz High School and was attending Essex County Community College. She said he hoped to find a job and leave Newark.
Mr. Thomas also helped rear his girlfriend’s children, Ms. Neal said. “He took good care of my grandkids,” she said. “He would dress them, drive them to school and picked them up from school and helped tutor them in math.”
The masked assailant shot Andre Thomas on his way to pick up his girlfriend’s children from an after-school program. Motive has not been determined.
While the NPD has scored an achievement by holding back the tide of violence in Newark — the last time Newark was able to go more than 41 days without a murder was 1961 — it’s hard to celebrate when it ends in tragedy like this.