Sarah Gonzalez, Reporter, WNYC/NJPR
Sarah Gonzalez is the northern New Jersey enterprise reporter for WNYC and NJPR.
Newark, N.J. is ending 2013 with more than a hundred murders — the most the city has seen since 2006.
In a five-day period around the holidays, three teens were shot and killed.
Zainee Hailey, 13, was shot while taking out the garbage on Christmas night.
During her funeral Tuesday morning, the pastor announced that the suspected shooter had been arrested, says Newark Councilman Anibal Ramos who attended the service.
"People got up and they cheered," Ramos said. "It was a sense of some adulation during a very tough situation. The whole experience was very moving and very sad."
A 15-year-old boy, Kasson Morman, was also shot and killed in the incident. And a third victim is in critical condition.
Ramos, a mayoral candidate, has asked New Jersey senators Robert Menendez and Cory Booker for federal funding to hire more police officers.
Newark has about 700 less sworn officers than it did in the 1990s.