Candidate admits gang ties to deadly party

June 9, 2009 11:39:31 AM PDT
A youth minister for the New Black Panther Party says gang members were invited to a block party where a 13-year-old was killed in the crossfire of gang violence. Divine Allah says the event, which attracted about 100 people, was billed as an event to help stop the violence in Trenton's North Ward.

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Allah, who plans to run for the city council in 2010, says he believes Tamrah Leonard's killing was an act of senseless violence.

Allah says he was about to start a spelling bee for the children when gunshots rang out.

Leonard's grandmother told The Times of Trenton the girl was walking toward the party and was shot in the back.

Police say the shooting was gang-related and may be connected to another shooting in New Jersey's capital city the night before.

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