Police say cousins Damien Matteaux and Nyquese McCollum were discovered in a parked vehicle at around 3:40 p.m. yesterday. (9/15/13)
EDISON – Investigators are trying to determine how two people became the latest to fall victim to violence in Newark.
Police say cousins Damien Matteaux, 23, of Newark, and Nyquese McCollum, 16, of Irvington, were discovered in a parked vehicle at around 3:40 p.m. yesterday near the intersection of South 10th Street and 15th Avenue. They were pronounced dead on the scene.
NEWARK— NaQuese McCollum was 16, just started her junior year at Newark’s West Side High School, and had made her mother a promise: She would soon make plans for her future.
“She said she would know by the end of this year what she would want to do,” her mother, 41-year-old Shana Norris, said Sunday in the kitchen of their Irvington apartment. “She wanted to go to college.”
But McCollum, who her mother said could fill a room with her presence and was loved by everyone around, never got the chance. She died Saturday afternoon in a shooting in Newark. Her 23-year-old cousin, Damien Matteaux of Newark, was also killed.
It appears Matteaux was the target of the shooting, according to Anthony Ambrose, chief of detectives with the Essex County Prosecutor’s Office. Ambrose said the investigation was continuing and no arrests had been made.