NJ high school football game halted by shooting will resume at the Linc

Andrew Kramer
November 18, 2019 - 5:46 pm
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PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — The South Jersey high school football playoff game, which was stopped Friday night when shots were fired in the stands, will resume Wednesday afternoon with a little help from the Eagles.

There were 17 minutes left in the game between Camden High School and host team Pleasantville High School when the crowd heard gunshots. Three people were shot, including a 10-year-old boy, who is still in critical condition at the hospital.

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But thanks to an offer from the Eagles, the two teams will be able to resume the playoff game Wednesday at 4 p.m. at Lincoln Financial Field, according to the New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association.

The remaining minutes of the game will be closed to the public, but passes are available for players’ families to attend.

“It’s extremely unfortunate that a senselessly violent act has impacted this game, and there will certainly be a wide range of emotions along both sidelines. However, thanks to the Eagles’ generosity and community spirit, Pleasantville and Camden student-athletes and their families will have an opportunity to write their own ending to this game,” said Larry White, NJSIAA executive director, in a statement. “They’ll compete on a world-class stage, sending a clear message that violence will not win.”

Pleasantville Mayor Jesse Tweedle said he's seen a lot of unity since the tragic shooting.

“Everyone's come together. This is not going to define us. What's really going to define us is how we respond to this,” he said. “The response has been so overwhelming that I can't say enough good things about the city of Pleasantville.”

Tweedle joined the town's police chief to pay the 10-year-old victim a visit at the hospital.

“The mother's so strong, she has a lot of faith,” he noted. “She's projecting such a positive environment with faith and the way she's been acting and carrying herself that everyone else is feeding off of her, so there's a lot of strength and energy and faith in the air.”

Multiple men were charged in connection to the shooting over the weekend.