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Isaac Rinas, N.J. teen, killed in robbery hours after graduating high school, police say

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(CBS/AP) PATERSON, N.J. - Authorities are now looking for the person who shot and killed a New Jersey teen during a robbery on Wednesday. The teen's murder happened just hours after he graduated high school.

Police say Isaac Rinas and a friend drove to a dangerous neighborhood in Paterson after the 18-year-old had received his diploma from Wayne Valley High School on Wednesday.

According to CBS New York, Rinas and his friend were sitting in the car when a man with a gun got in the back in the vehicle and demanded money.

Police say Rinas and the gunman got out of the car and the man fired one shot into Rinas' neck before fleeing.

The neighborhood where the victim and his friend stopped is reportedly plagued with drugs and gang violence.

Chief assistant prosecutor Michael DeMarco of the Passaic County Prosecutor's Office says investigators are not jumping to any conclusions about what Rinas and his friend were doing in the neighborhood.

CBS New York reports, Rinas was supposed to be on his way to a school-sanctioned party intended to keep graduates safe.

Investigation on the case is still ongoing.

  • Crimesider Staff

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