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Arrest made in shooting death of NJ teen killed hours after graduation

A New Jersey teen as been arrested in connection to the shooting death of a high school senior killed just hours after graduation.

Casey Cole, 18,  of Wayne is in custody and faces murder and robbery charges.

18-year-old Isaac Rinas graduated from Wayne Valley High School in Wayne Thursday and was shot and killed that same night on a street in Paterson.

Samantha McEwan, a neighbor of the teen, told PIX11 News:  “I think it’s like heartbreaking. I feel so bad for the family and every one of his friends and the class that he graduated with.”

NJ Shooting suspect

Casey Cole, 18, of Wayne is in custody and faces murder and robbery charges.

McEwan says she’s known Rinas for years.  “He was funny, outgoing, always happy.”

Rinas’ body was found outside a black 2013 Infinity that he had been driving.  He had a gunshot wound to his neck.  Cops aren’t sure what he and a friend were doing in front of 366 Fair St. in Paterson’s 4th ward, which police describe as an area know for guns, gangs and drugs.

Cops say Rinas and his friend pulled over, and a man got into the back seat on the passenger side and pulled out a gun. He demanded Rinas’ friend give him money,  and that the friend get out of the car, which he did according to police.

Isaac Rinas

18-year-old Isaac Rinas graduated from Wayne Valley High School in Wayne Thursday and was shot and killed that same night on a street in Paterson.

Cops say Rinas and the suspect got out of the car and the man shot Rinas.

It was a violent end to what should have been a happy day.

“It’s just sad to see someone go down in such a sad way,” said friend Michael Minucui, who occasionally worked out with Rinas.  “The streets are nothing to play around with. Someone can take you out in two seconds.”

Friend Samantha McEwan told PIX11 : “I think he was in the wrong place at the wrong time. People get caught up  in what’s going on.  I don’t know if it was drugs or anything.  I don’t think it really matters what it was.  Now he’s gone.”

Ironically, friends of Isaac Rinas said he dreamed of becoming a cop after high school.

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