In this Thursday, April 23, 2015, photo Shalga Hightower, mother of  Iofemi Hightower, college student slain in 2007, poses for The Associated Press in the schoolyard where the murder happened in Newark, N.J. In the seven-plus years since her college-bound daughter's brutal slaying along with two friends in a case that became a national symbol of urban gun violence, Hightower has been on a mission. It started with a resolve to attend every court hearing involving the six men and boys eventually convicted for the crime, an odyssey that cost her her job and left her family temporarily homeless. Now, a documentary project is aiming to chronicle her struggles and her efforts on behalf of families of crime victims who are too often left to fend for themselves. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez)

NEWARK, N.J. (AP) — For what seemed a small eternity, Shalga Hightower epitomized the picture of parental grief in the aftermath of Newark’s 2007 schoolyard killings, when a group of men and boys, including one who turned 15 that day, lined up her college-bound daughter and two friends and shot them each in the back of the head.

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