One teenage girl was killed and another was injured by a single bullet fired early today during a fight at a graduation party in Newark, authorities said.
Sujeiti Ocasio, 18, was shot through neck during the dispute outside a house in the North Ward at about 12:15 a.m., authorities said. The bullet continued, striking the second victim — an unidentified 15-year-old — in the chest.
The search continues for the shooter, who remains at large.
“It was so shocking and surprising, because I know what kind of young lady she was,” Ruiz said, wiping her eyes. “She had aspirations, she wanted her life to be something and I can’t believe this happened to her.”
Alicea said Ocasio was born in Newark and lived on Mount Prospect Avenue for most of her life. Two years ago, she moved to an apartment on Lincoln Avenue, a tree-lined, residential street dominated by Puerto Rican families. The first in her family to graduate from high school, according to Alicea, Ocasio was a tough and serious-minded person who lavished attention on her family, friends and boyfriend of a year.