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January 29, 2016 | By Allison Steele, Staff Writer
A 17-year-old girl was charged Wednesday with the murder of 13-year-old Nathaniel Plummer, who was gunned down on a Camden street earlier this month. The girl, whom authorities did not name because she is a juvenile, is also charged in the nonfatal shooting of a 19-year-old man in Camden in October, just blocks from where Plummer was killed. Ballistics evidence linked the girl to both shootings, according to the Camden County Prosecutor's Office. Sources with knowledge of the investigation said she is also a suspect in additional violent crimes.
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January 21, 2016 | By Allison Steele, Staff Writer
When Iveliz Crespo was a child growing up in East Camden, many of her neighbors were undocumented immigrants who faced discrimination. Some struggled with learning English or had bosses who cheated them out of earnings because they believed undocumented workers wouldn't report problems. Those stories inspired Crespo, who was raised by a single mother who came to New Jersey from Puerto Rico as a young adult. She decided early on that she wanted to help people like the immigrants in her Cramer Hill neighborhood.
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January 20, 2016 | By Allison Steele, Staff Writer
The family and friends of Nate Plummer Jr. celebrated his 14th birthday a day early, by filling the pews and balcony of a Camden church, standing against walls, and spilling into the hallway. They sang along with hymns, whispered words of goodbye as they stood over his casket, wiped tears from each other's faces, and held one another in their arms. More than 450 people packed the Tabernacle of Faith Church on Monday for the funeral of Plummer, Camden's first homicide victim this year.
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January 17, 2016 | By Rita Giordano, Staff Writer
A federal judge ruled Friday that an incarcerated drug suspect will be allowed to attend Monday's funeral of his 13-year-old son, the first person killed in Camden in 2016. "Thank you, Jesus, thank you, Jesus," murmured Taisha Mercado, the weeping mother of Nathaniel Plummer Jr., on hearing the ruling by U.S. Magistrate Judge Karen Williams. Williams did not reveal the conditions of the temporary release of Nathaniel Plummer Sr., 31. But she challenged him to abide by her sealed terms, even though, she said, some people will hope he fails.
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January 12, 2016 | BY ALLISON STEELE, Staff Writer
A 16-YEAR-OLD girl suspected in the killing of a 13-year-old boy in Camden last week has turned herself in to police, according to sources with knowledge of the investigation. The girl, whom The Inquirer is not identifying because she is a juvenile, has not been charged in the death of Nathaniel "Nate" Plummer Jr., who was gunned down on the street late Thursday night. She was charged over the weekend with attempted murder in a separate Oct. 30 shooting, authorities said. Andy McNeil, a spokesman for the Camden County Prosecutor's Office, would not comment on whether any suspects had been identified in Plummer's killing.
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January 10, 2016 | By Michael Boren, Staff Writer
Roy Price peered down the East Camden street where he has lived for 22 years on Friday, toward the corner where a 13-year-old boy was gunned down the night before. Price lost his own son, Royon, 20, in a shooting in the city two years ago. Now, wearing a gold chain with his son's name, he said he sympathized with the family of Nathaniel Plummer Jr., whom police found on the sidewalk around 11:15 p.m. Thursday. "To lose a child, man," Price, 52, said, "it's the worst feeling in the whole entire world.
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January 6, 2016 | By Kevin Riordan, Inquirer Columnist
Before Erik James Montgomery started teaching Abigail Rivera about photography, the East Camden girl hadn't paid much attention to places like the downtown waterfront. "I would just pass it by," Rivera, 13, recalls. "It looked nice. But it was just water. " After taking pictures of her city for two years, however, the eighth-grade student at Octavius V. Catto Community School has a different perspective - and a more expansive field of vision. "Now, I just find the waterfront so beautiful," says Rivera, one of about 250 Camden youngsters who have studied with Montgomery since 2010.
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January 3, 2016 | By Allison Steele, Staff Writer
Lidia Hernandez took chairs down off tables and unrolled mats on the floor of her East Camden restaurant, Lupita's, preparing for the lunch customers, who start coming as early as 11 a.m. Down the block on Federal Street, Monica Herrera talked with a client in her accounting office, tax forms strewed on the table. Across the street, Grisel Nunez organized the day's deliveries in her flower shop, Nyla's, behind a window decorated with poinsettias and wreaths. Along Federal from 21st to 27th Streets, shop owners pulled up metal grates, hosed off sidewalks, piped music out from speakers, and set Christmas trees in front of storefronts.
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December 7, 2015 | By Allison Steele, Inquirer Staff Writer
Last in an occasional series Eight-year-old Zahmiere Grimes and his best friend, Mehki Hopkins, sat in the auditorium of North Camden's Pyne Poynt Middle School building, taking in the rows of children around them. They were quiet until their baseball coach passed by. Then they called out, "Hi, Coach!" and giggled wildly. Months after the end of the North Camden Little League's season, the boys still talk about baseball all the time, said Zahmiere's mother, Charlene Norman. "All summer, all they wanted to do was go to practice," she said.
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