10-Year-Old Shot at Football Game Dies

NJ governor denounces 'senseless gun violence'
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted Nov 21, 2019 5:09 AM CST
10-Year-Old Shot at Football Game Dies
This undated photo provided by the Atlantic County Prosecutor's Office shows Alvin Wyatt.   (Atlantic County Prosecutor's Office via AP)

A 10-year-old boy shot at a high school football game in New Jersey Friday night has died from his injuries. Fifth-grader Micah Tennant was one of three people injured in the Pleasantville shooting. CNN reports that Micah's death was announced at Lincoln Financial Field Wednesday, where the Philadelphia Eagles had offered to host the last 17 minutes of the suspended playoff game between Camden and Pleasantville high schools. "Our thoughts are with his family, loved ones, and all impacted by this news," the announcer said before a moment of silence. "Today, we join with Micah's family and this community to demonstrate that acts of violence do not win."

"No child deserves to have their promising life cut short, especially by indiscriminate and senseless gun violence," said New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy. "No parent deserves to bury their child." Micah was in the stands when he was shot in the neck, relatives say. Atlantic County prosecutor Damon Tyner says the charges against Alvin Wyatt, one of six men arrested after the shooting, have been upgraded to murder, reports CBS. Police say the 31-year-old had a grudge against a 27-year-old man who was injured in the shooting. Tyner says the shooting had nothing to do with students from either high school, but the game was an opportunity for criminals to "pursue their own form of petty vengeance against one another." (More New Jersey stories.)

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