NEWARK – A 33-year-old Rahway man was one of three people killed in Newark in a matter of hours this week.
Rowland Smith was shot multiple times, though his chest, stomach and thigh just after 5 p.m. Monday at Lanark Avenue, between Vail Street and Sanford Avenue, according to authorities. He died early Tuesday morning at University Hospital in Newark.
A 24-year-old man was fatally stabbed around 9 p.m. on Monday in a domestic dispute on the 200 block of North Sixth Street. Police arrested a suspect in this killing. Tuesday morning, another man was shot to death at East Runyon Street and Sherman Avenue, authorities said.
The three homicides are the first since 167 Newark police officers were laid off last week. A police spokesman denied that the two events were related.
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