Highlights from this week's news:

• Students are mourning the death of their friend and classmate as the search for his killer continued Friday.

• New Jersey is allying with three other Northeast states to create a new States for Gun Safety coalition.

More than a thousand police officers, retired and current, have been trained over the past several years to become a daily armed guard in a New Jersey school.

 

For the third time this year a young child's death is being connected to what has been a deadly flu season. Elizabeth Public Schools Superintendent Olga Hugelmeyer posted a letter on the district's website on Sunday announcing the student's death. "It is with great sadness that I must report to you that the Elizabeth School District has lost one of it's own," Hugelmeyer said.

• The Polar Bear Plunge hits Seaside Heights Saturday — See your complete guide.

The leader of the Newark Roman Catholic Archdiocese raised a few eyebrows when he tweeted, "Nighty-night, baby. I love you."