NEWARK, N.J. (CBSNewYork) — Police have arrested a suspect in connection with the slaying of a 17-year-old girl in Newark, authorities said Monday.
Cheyanne Bond was killed on June 29, just two weeks after the former cheerleader graduated from high school. Andre Field, 31, of Irvington, New Jersey, has been charged with murder, weapons charges and robbery.
As CBS 2’s Jessica Schneider reported, prosecutors say the recent high school graduate lost her life over an iPhone.
Investigators said the teen was walking along West Side Park on South 17th Street in Newark with her ex-boyfriend when they were both shot. Cheyanne was killed, but her ex-boyfriend survived.
“She was on the street near a park with a friend when she was approached by two armed individuals,” Acting Essex County Prosecutor, Carolyn Murray said.
Bond had just graduated from Malcolm X Shabazz High School in Newark. Friends described her as hardworking and quiet and said she was excited about her plans to study nursing at Union County College this fall.
“She just graduated. She was about to go to college,” friend Latayjsia Wilson said last month. “She was a real nice girl, that’s why I never thought it would be her.”
The money that Bond’s family had planned to use for her tuition was used for a funeral instead.
“It is unfortunate that random acts of violence take the lives o four promising young people,” Murray said.
Police released a surveillance photo last month of two males walking south on South 17th Street just minutes after the shooting who may or may not have witnessed the incident, authorities said.
Prosecutors said that there is still one suspect on the loose.
A $15,000 Crimestoppers reward was being offered in the case.
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