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Local Minister Shot to Death During Robbery in Newark Friday Night

Donald Hughes shot at 166 Spruce St. around 11:20 p.m.

A 47-year-old Newark man was shot to death Friday night in an apparent robbery, the Essex County Prosecutor's Office announced.

Donald Hughes, who ABC-NY is reporting is pastor of Praise Tabernacle Worship Ministries in New Brunswick, was shot at 166 Spruce St. in the city at 11:20 p.m. and died around midnight after being transported to University Hospital.

NJ.com reports that Hughes had started the congregation about a year ago and had been meeing in a community hall in a South Brunswick condominium development and that it would be moving to New Brunswick.

"Unfortunately robbery is a crime of opportunity that can take place at any given moment and sometimes turning fatal," Newark Police Director Samuel DeMaio said in a statement. "There are several occasions where citizens have fallen victim to robberies, including our police officers, politicians and clergy members who are an integral part of the city's diverse community."

He added, "This case is being investigated by the Homicide Task Force where detectives will be working around the clock to apprehend the person(s) responsible for the murder of a distinguished community leader. I offer my deepest condolences to the Hughes family and would like to assure them that every effort is being made to apprehend the individuals responsible for this senseless crime."

The homicide is being investigated by the ECPO's Homicide/Major Crimes Task Force and the Newark Police Department.

Anyone with information is urged to call the ECPO's tips hotline at 877-847-7432. All calls will be kept confidential. ABC is reporting that a $10,000 reward is being offered for information leading to an arrest. The investigation is ongoing.

YVETTE KING April 11, 2012 at 01:19 PM
This is truly sad, I am so sick and tired of picking up the paper and seeing tradegies in newark nj, something must be done it needs to be cleaned up and the unmentionables gotten rid of , tear down all the abandoned buildings and get rid of the filth , you have people on corners smoking blunts and drinking what the hell where is the police and under cover when you need them? They are all in front of the prudential building protecting our white citizens ,people who dont really give a damn about newark they just want to go to hockey games and be safe . I am black and I hate newark nj its a shame our people have to be so stupid and ruthless killing your own for a dollar what the hell go get a job and quit blaming everyone but yourself , and the bloods and crips please give me a break you are all punks go to the middle east and shoot people there see how you like it they will destroy you. A real man gets a job not kill people prominet pastors business man etc working hard . Newark needs to be fumigated and the roaches need be stomped on. Yes I am Black and sick and tired of this crap, our young kids that want something cant have anything for fear of their surroundings so they have to act accordingly . Do I like racist no but our black people need to rise above this and get it right and fight for our streets to be like our neighbor surburbs .

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