NEW JERSEY (PIX11) — Authorities are offering a $10,000 reward for information leading to an arrest in the fatal Monday shooting of a 16-year-old boy who had just left his East Orange high school.
Letrell Duncan, described by a fellow student as a rising star in high school and AAU basketball, was shot multiple times near Lincoln Street and Park Avenue around 3 p.m. Monday, shortly after leaving East Orange Campus High School, officials have said.
Detectives are looking for a Honda Civic seen in the area at the time of the fatal shooting, in addition to three witnesses who may have seen what happened in the moments before the shots were fired, according to a law enforcement source.
Mark Scott, Letrell’s basketball coach at Prospect Prep Academy, said Letrell cared about his friends and teammates. “The kids are devastated, especially his close friends,” Scott said.
Scott said he’s fed up with the gun violence. “We need to stop killing young Black men. Just stop. It’s getting ridiculous. Letrell lost his other friend last year. He’s not the first basketball player, especially in New Jersey, to get killed over gun violence. So it just needs to stop. We’ve got to protect our kids, and let these kids be kids.”
A GoFundMe page has been created to support Letrell’s family during this time.
Investigators had not announced an arrest or publicly identified a suspect as of Wednesday. Essex County Sheriff Armando Fontoura announced the five-figure reward through the Essex County Sheriff’s Crime Stoppers Program in a public appeal for tips.
Anyone with information is asked to contact the Essex County Prosecutor’s Office Homicide/Major Crimes Task Force Tips Line at 1-877-847-7432, 1-877-TIPS-4EC, or the East Orange Police Department Tips Hotline at 973-266-5041. Calls will be kept confidential.