NEWARK, NJ (CBSNewYork) – The violent shooting death of 13-year-old Dante Young Sunday night in Newark has prompted officials to take extra measures to protect residents in the area.
Acting police director Samuel DeMaio said they do have leads in Young’s murder but would not comment further since the investigation is ongoing.
DeMaio says while the city is stepping up curfew enforcement this summer, they’re also trying to lead kids to constructive activities.
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“Maybe it’s a mentoring issue that is needed with the parent, the child, and a pastor all together. Maybe it’s showing the parents what’s available to their children, what we can offer,” says DeMaio.
He says the city will roll out a list of things to do in a few days, even talking of shifting city pools hours to be open later in the evening.
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“Any little thing can directly help us,” says DeMaio.
“[In the past month], the ages of our victims of homicides here in Essex [County] have ranged from 8-years-old to 88-years old,” says acting prosecutor Carolyn Murray.
Murray says they are forming a permanent homicide major crimes task force with 29 officers from departments within the county.
“So as to give out best to the victims,” she says.
“We are going after the baddest of the bad,” says sheriff Armando Fontoura.