- Associated Press - Sunday, July 31, 2016

NEWARK, N.J. (AP) - Authorities in Newark are hoping the promise of a cash reward will help them solve the five-year-old slaying of an elementary school teacher gunned down as she waited for a takeout order.

The Essex County Sheriff’s Office has offered up to $10,000 for information on the person or persons responsible for the death of 29-year-old Dawn Reddick five years ago this weekend.

Her death, along with the fatal shooting of 31-year-old corrections officer Debora Ferreira around the same time, struck a chord in Newark at a time when violent crime had begun to creep back up after steep declines during the previous two years.

Reddick grew up in and around Newark and graduated from Newark’s Arts High School. She won a prestigious citywide jazz competition twice and placed as runner-up another year, said her father, James Reddick. He called her “a child that anyone would love to have” shortly after her death.

She moved to Charlottesville, Virginia, about 70 miles from her parents’ retirement home, where she taught third grade and received an award for outstanding teaching shortly before her death.

Dawn Reddick had returned to Newark on the last weekend of July to bring her nephew back to her sister’s house and visit friends. She was with a childhood friend at a Chinese restaurant, waiting for a takeout order, when she was struck by bullets police said were meant for someone else.

Three other people were injured, including a 7-year-old girl who suffered a graze wound.

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