Plainfield loses 3rd victim to gun violence in December
PLAINFIELD — A teenager who was shot and killed the day after Christmas is the city's 11th homicide victim this year.
Manuel Berrios, a former South Plainfield High School student, was struck by gunfire on the 600 block of East 3rd Street around 9:40 p.m. on Monday, the Union County Prosecutor's Office said. The 18-year-old was pronounced dead Tuesday morning after undergoing surgery at a hospital.
A second unidentified individual was shot, but remains hospitalized.
The Union County Prosecutor's Office did not release additional details surrounding the shooting, which is being investigated by its Homicide Task Force and Plainfield and county police.
On Wednesday, Berrios' family and friends started a GoFundMe page to raise money for funeral costs. The page raised more than $700 in three hours.
"It was a very sudden death that no one was prepared for," the page reads. "Manny was a very good person and he would appreciate any help for his family at this time."
Berrios was the third person shot to death in Plainfield this month. At the start of December, two men were shot and killed one week apart: city resident Ronnell Harrison, 36, and Al-Muakhkhir Kearney, 36, of Newark.
On Dec. 8, Harrison was found by police in a driveway, beaten and shot. Three suspects — Luis DelValle, 33, Mack Brown, 35, and Alishia Bryant, 44 — were arrested for their connection to Harrison's death.
A week earlier, on Dec. 1, Kearney was shot to death on the 100 block of Netherwood Avenue. Police charged Khasim Green, 37, with first-degree murder and two related weapons offenses in connection with Kearney's death.
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