WAYNE, N.J. (CBSNewYork) — An arrest has been made in connection with the shooting death of a New Jersey high school student hours after he graduated.
Isaac Rinas, 18, was shot and killed Wednesday just hours after he graduated from Wayne Valley High School.
Casey Cole, age 18, of Wayne, was arrested in connection with the death, the Passaic County Prosecutor’s Office announced Friday.
Cole was charged with conspiracy to commit robbery in the second degree, felony murder in the first degree and robbery in the second degree, prosecutors said.
Bail for Cole has been set at $2 million cash, with a bail source hearing.
Dozens of students attended a candlelight vigil Thursday for Rinas.
“Everyone’s going to remember Isaac as the kid who came to school hoping to make them smile every day,” said friend P.J. Chak.
Hours after his graduation, police said Rinas and a friend were sitting in a car when a man jumped into the backseat, pulled out a gun and demanded money. It happened near East 18th and Fair Street in Paterson.
When Rinas and the gunman got out of the car, the suspect shot Rinas in the neck and took off, police said.
Detectives are still investigating what brought the young men to an area infamous for drug dealing, gun violence and gang activity, CBS 2’s Weijia Jiang reported.
Rinas was supposed to be on a bus headed to a school-sanctioned party intended to keep graduates safe, WCBS 880’s Sean Adams reported.
School board member Donald Pavlak knew Rinas and spoke with him about joining the military.
“Talked to each other. On occasion, he’d come in here,” Pavlak told Adams. “Shook his hand at graduation and the next thing you know, the next morning, I find out about this situation.”
The investigation is still ongoing.
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