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Girl, 17, shot execution style on a Newark, NJ street

By Arthur Weinreb     Jul 3, 2014 in Crime
Newark - Police in Newark, New Jersey are searching for the killer or killers of a promising 17-year-old cheerleader who was shot in the head while walking down a street on the weekend.
Cheyanne Bond was walking down the street with her ex-boyfriend Sunday night when they were both shot. The ex-boyfriend survived but Bond was killed after being shot in the head.
According to Bond's uncle, Michael Bond, "They told her to get on her knees and they shot her in the head execution style."
Bond was a cheerleader who graduated from Malcolm X Shabazz High School. She was described as hard-working and quiet and was looking forward to attending Union County College in September to study nursing.
A vigil was held on Tuesday to remember the teen who had so much hope. Family, friends and others called for an end to gun violence and said the perpetrators must turn themselves in.
Samera Newsome, Bond's aunt who raised her after her mother died, said, "Everybody said it was a blessing for her to have me, but she was a blessing to me and I just loved her so much. She was just a beautiful person. Loving, caring, do anything for anybody, great, phenomenal."
Another relative said, "We need help from gun violence. We need help finding who is doing these things. We need help and protection for our children. They can't go to the park. They can't walk down the street. Something has to give."
Right after the killing, the Essex County Sheriff's Department put up a reward of $10,000 for information leading to the arrest of the killer or killers. Newark police put up an additional $2,000 while an anonymous donor contributed another $3,000 yesterday, bringing the total of $15,000.
Two other persons were murdered in Newark last weekend within a 24-hour period.
The Essex County Prosecutor's Office has released a grainy picture from a surveillance camera showing two men walking away from where the shooting took place minutes before. It is believed the two might have witnessed the shooting.
Image of two men who might have witnessed the killing of Cheyanne Bond  17  and the wounding of her ...
Image of two men who might have witnessed the killing of Cheyanne Bond, 17, and the wounding of her ex-boyfriend
Essex County Prosecutor's Office
Bond's ex-boyfriend is recovering in hospital. The money the family saved for Bond's college tuition will now be used for her funeral.
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