Family Mourns Shooting Death Of 29-Year-Old Dawn Reddick In Newark

NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — A heartbroken family in Newark is searching for answers following a deadly shooting that left their loved one dead and three others wounded.

Dawn Reddick, a 29-year-old teacher from Virginia, was back in Newark — where she grew up — last week. She was in town to drop off her nephew, who had spent a month with her down south.

On Friday night, however, Reddick was gunned down in front of a Chinese restaurant.

“I don’t want her gone at all,” the victim’s sister, Danielle Corum, tearfully told CBS 2’s Christine Sloan. “She was actually supposed to leave Friday morning, but unfortunately she just said ‘you know, I’m going to stay one more day.'”

Reddick was one of four people, including a 7-year-old, shot that night. Authorities said they were all innocent bystanders.

Witnesses on the scene said that Reddick died trying to protect that 7-year-old child.

James Reddick, the victim’s father, said he “kind of got a little solace from the fact that when they told me that she was trying to shield the little girl then I believed it, you know, because that’s her.”

Reddick received high honors throughout her schooling and in the district she taught. Her mother made it to the hospital to say goodbye before she was taken off life support. On Monday, Diane Reddick had a message for the killer.

“He should turn himself in. He should really feel bad that he took someone so special away from her family, her friends, the children that she taught,” she said.

Mayor Cory Booker said he needs more help from the state to curb the violence.

“I’m very grateful for what we’re receiving, but obviously, what we have is not enough,” Booker said.

“No one on this earth is perfect, but I’m telling you, she was close to it,” Danielle Corum said.

“I believe she’s in God’s care right now,” the victim’s mother said.

Police say they have no motive in the shootings.

Does Newark Need More Help In Its Fight To Curb Gun Violence?  Share Your Thoughts In The Comments Section…

  • Shaikil Grisham

    There has been enough blood shed in the streets. we need to stop the violence and step up and let our voices be heard. I lost my 14yr old cousin to violence. We still deal with his lost everyday. It is painful to watch our people learn in fear. Get involved in your community, it can make a difference.

  • glenda

    God bless you Dawn and your family. Charlottesville has suffered a great loss. You will be missed.

  • Charles F. Bolden, Jr

    Post pictures of Charles F. Bolden, Jr. everywhere. He was appointed by Obama himself to be the new NASA Administrator. These kids should be looking up to Mr. Bolden, as a shining exemplar.

    • 1st Black Astronaut

      I am so proud of Mr. Bolden. I am going to tell all my friends at church about him. Praise the Lord.

  • Moon Them

    To the Killer: You are now a FUGITIVE. You had better climb on a Spacecraft and head for the MOON. If you stay on Earth they’re going to hunt you down and take you down just like the animal that you are. SpaceX gonna give it to ya.

  • ProFromDover

    Newark is out of control. Time for Guv Christie to call in the National Guard and impose a dusk to dawn curfew.

  • Zmahathera

    New Jersey should allow honest, hard-working citizens the right to CCW. The maniacs would learn to think twice before attacking.

    • Muh Lips, muh lips, muh lips

      Either that, or parade them around in Lip Plates and handcuffs.

    • Truth

      More Guns??? Not a solution… Need to remove the guns, not add more. If you’re hard working, makes more sense to save your money and move out then.

      • Zmahathera

        In this economy, honest folk are lucky to pay off their mortgages on time. Moving out isn’t an option for everything. Finances aside, not everyone wants to hightail it and run for the hills regardless.

        When the crooks are the only people “allowed” to carry, it’s time to even the odds.

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