MAPLEWOOD, NJ — On a steady stream of Instagram photos, local teens have been tagging Charles Obiagwu and sending the message to “get well soon.” 

A police official confirmed that is the name of the Columbia High School student shot in the leg in last night's incident at Underhill Field alongside Moussa Fofana, who died at the scene

Obiagwu, 18, is a senior at CHS, where he plays varsity football as a linebacker. His highlight reel can be seen here.

Maplewood Police Chief Jim DeVaul emailed the media that for the time being, extra police coverage will be provided “at both Clinton school and CHS.”

“Residents should feel safe to vote tomorrow at Clinton school,” he said.

An MPD Detective has been assigned to work directly with the Essex County Prosecutors Office on this investigation, and “our Police Chaplains have spoken with the victims family and are offering their support.”  

DeVaul also confirmed that “the Mayor and I are working closely with the district leaders to assess their needs and to be helpful and supportive as possible. The Police Department will meet with the school district leaders regularly to ensure their safety concerns are met and as much information is shared with them as possible.”

Information about the incident is still being sought: “I ask our community to continue helping us find answers to this senseless murder. All tips and leads will be investigated to the fullest extent. Information can be accepted anonymously or through community leaders as well. Do not presume that the police department is already aware of any particular information. This is not the time to be silent if you have information.”

On Facebook, Mayor Frank McGehee confirmed he has been “actively involved in conversations with our Maplewood Police Department and our local school district leaders since Sunday evening.”

“As Columbia High School parents and members of our community, Marie and I are absolutely heartbroken,” McGehee added. “Our prayers go out to Moussa's family, friends, teammates, classmates, the entire CHS community, our Maplewood-South Orange community and everyone impacted by this senseless and devastating loss due to gun violence. We are also keeping the other student who was injured in our thoughts. While there are still so many unanswered questions, we ask that everyone respect both family's privacy at this very difficult time.”

 

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