Corzine visits survivor of Newark shootings

Posted: August 15, 2007

NEWARK, N.J. - Gov. Corzine met yesterday with the lone survivor of the Aug. 4 shootings that killed three college students in Newark, and later visited the scene of the crime.

Corzine met at University Hospital with 19-year-old Natasha Aeriel and her mother, Renee Tucker, for about 20 minutes and shared hugs and even a few laughs.

Corzine "praised Natasha for her courage in dealing with the medical issues, and also in helping society go after the people who should be in jail," spokeswoman Lilo Stainton said.

The governor then visited Mount Vernon Elementary School, the site of the shootings that killed Natasha's brother, Terrance Aeriel, 18; Dashon Harvey, 20; and Iofemi Hightower, 20. Corzine viewed a memorial set up at the scene and left a dozen white roses, Stainton said. - AP

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