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Police Still Seeking Justice For Justice

The 17-year-old was found stabbed to death in December 2010 and no arrests have been made.

Three candles sit in front of a decorated holiday tree with three simple words written on them: Rest Easy Justice.

It has been one year since Justice Afoa’s life was taken away and Newark police are still searching for those responsible for his death.

The 17-year-old was near a bus stop on Cedar Boulevard near Birch Street around 3:40 p.m. on Dec. 15, 2010.

There have been no arrests in the case.

“[The case is] still a priority with leads being followed up on. [I] cannot comment any further in order not to jeopardize the case,” said Commander Robert Douglas of the Newark Police Department.

At the time of his death, as a high school senior who was friendly, loving, playful and positive.

His mother, Suvania Afoa, described him as her “right hand” in .

"He was too young. He had a bright future ahead of him,” Suvania Afoa has said.

His ultimate dream, his mother said, was to make it to the NFL.

The former Newark Memorial High School student was a defensive lineman who was dedicated to the team even when he wasn't eligible to play due to his course work at.

He was named to the second-team all-league in the Mission Valley Athletic League in 2009-10.

Newark Memorial Athletic Director Rich Swift has said the entire football team always appreciated Afoa’s positive attitude.

"He was a good guy," Swift . "If you were around him, you just felt better. He was positive, happy-go-lucky and playful."

Before coming to Newark during his sophomore year, Afoa attended .

Afoa’s former English teacher Kelly Redmon from Carlmont High said Afoa was a admirable.

“Justice is someone to admire. He's a hero that deserves a hero's honor. No doubt, he will be missed.

Jennifer Hicklin December 15, 2011 at 05:21 PM
1 year later and no one had been brought to justice. Crazy. This happened in the middle of the afternoon in broad daylight, in a busy part of town. I drive by his memorial daily and can't help but imagine how devastating this has been for his family and friends. My heart still aches for his mom. I really hope NPD figures this out. Justice for Justice
AJB December 15, 2011 at 06:28 PM
Jennifer-I think the same thing every time I drive by there, I see his friends and family and think how hard this has been for them. I hope there is a resolution to this case soon.
Mona Taplin December 15, 2011 at 08:06 PM
I hope there will be Justice for Justice very soon too. In broad daylight and people nearby, it makes you wonder why no one has spoken up. I would guess extreme fear.
Veronica Santos December 16, 2011 at 01:50 AM
WE ALL WOULD LOVE TO HAVE JUSTICE FOR JUSTICE ,AND NOTHING HAS BEEN FOUND YET! , WHAT WE ALL NEED TO REMEMBER IS THAT IF JUSTICE IS NOT FOUND HERE ON EARTH , THE THE PEOPLE WHO DID THIS TO ONE OF HIS <3ANGLE'S WILL HAVE TO FACE THE MAN UPSTAIR'S SOONER OR LATER! AND HE WILL JUDGE THEM AS HE NOWS HOW! AND THE DAY HE DOES JUSTICE WILL FINEALY R.I.P! AND HIS FAMILY CAN FINEALY HAVE PEACE IN THERE HEART'S! <3, FOR NOW WE HAVE TO TRUST AND BELEAVE THE NPD ARE DOING ALL THEY CAN TO GET JUSTICE FOR JUSTICE! , I BELEAVE GOD HAS A HAND IN THIS "AND!" "HE WILL JUDGE THOSE WHO HAVE DONE THIS TO JUSTICE!" WHEN THE TIME COMES! , R.I.P JUSTICE AND FLY WITH THE ANGLE'S! <3

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