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A community in Paterson, New Jersey is mourning the loss of 12-year-old Genesis Rincon after she was shot while riding her scooter with friends.

According to North Jersey News, the teen was leaving a family party on Saturday with her two friends. After discovering the local bodega was closed, Rincon and her friends headed back to the party. Shots were fired soon after, with one bullet hitting the teen in the head.

Genesis was shot at around 8:40 p.m. on the street outside 35 Rosa Parks Blvd, half a block from the family event at her aunt’s house. Paterson police Capt. Heriberto Rodriguez said multiple shots were fired, but police have not determined whether there was more than one gunman. One 14-year-old resident, whose family is close with Genesis’, said she had been told the children had been chased on the street by a man in a car before Genesis was shot.

Genesis was rushed to St. Joseph’s Medical Center, where she was declared brain-dead and taken off life support.

This was the second shooting in the area in less than 24 hours. In 2013, there were over 100 victims, 19-gun related homicides, and 91 total shooting incidents in the Paterson area. All the more reason why Passaic County Chief Assistant Prosecutor Michael DeMarco says it will be hard to determine who the suspected gunmen was, since witnesses are worried about their own lives.

“Many individuals who witness these shootings don’t want to come forward for a variety of reasons,” Passaic County Chief Assistant Prosecutor Michael DeMarco said in a May interview, describing a general reluctance to provide police with information that might in turn expose witnesses to retributive violence on the streets.

Rincon’s family and community members held an impromptu rally for the teen to address their outrage over the growing violence.

“We are killing ourselves,” the Rev. Della Fischer shouted into a megaphone before a small crowd scattered in the hot afternoon sun. “When do we stand and say it’s time for a change?”

The other teens that were with Rincon were unhurt, but traumatized by the incident. Our prayers are with Genesis’ family at this time.

SOURCE: North Jersey News | VIDEO CREDIT: News Inc. 

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