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Cheerleader shot in robbery knew her killer, sources say

The New Jersey cheerleader who was shot dead in an apparent robbery on Tuesday knew her killer, sources say.

Amber Wilson, 18, who graduated from high school less than a month ago, was walking to her Hussa Street home in Linden with a friend just before midnight Tuesday when an unknown number of men approached them, said officials.

Wilson was robbed; an argument ensued and Wilson was shot, prosecutors said. She died at the scene.

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Investigators were not releasing any official information on Wilson's connection with the gunman. 

"We hope they apprehend the person that did this, this senseless loss of life," Wilson's father Norman Duncan told NBC 4 New York at a vigil Tuesday evening near where the teen was gunned down. 

A wake has been scheduled for Wilson next Tuesday, July 17, from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. at First Baptist Church on Dill Avenue. The funeral is scheduled for the morning of July 18, beginning at 11 a.m. at the same church.

Wilson graduated from Linden High School on June 22. Friends said she was an active member of her school community. 

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