NEWARK, N.J. (CBSNewYork/AP) — The family of a slain Newark teenager was pleading Monday with young people to put down their weapons, while two candidates for Newark mayor also took to the streets to bring attention to the rising murder rate.
Candidate Shavar Jeffries held a news conference Monday near the site of a Christmas night shooting that left two young teenagers dead and another seriously wounded.
As WCBS 880’s Jim Smith reported, Jeffries outlined a five-step initiative to help curb gun violence throughout the city.
The plan includes an increase in police and anti-gang programs for children, as well as a zero tolerance policy for gun violence, Smith reported.
“Anybody who uses an illegal gun in the city of Newark, you are going to prison, period. No exceptions, no excuses,” Jeffries said.