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"We found out that a large group of people witnessed what occurred; however, none has come forward," Douglas said. "We need someone to come forward to help with the investigation."
At Newark Memorial High School, which Afoa attended during the 2009 10 school year, many students gathered in his memory, Smith said. After a moment of silence, his friends shared warm remembrances and Afoa's former football teammates did a chant in his honor.
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"He was a big guy but everyone loved him, and he'll be greatly missed by all," said Smith, 18, of Newark. "Before this, I Omega Seamaster Deep Black felt safe in Newark, but something like this makes you scared."
Afoa was not affiliated with any kind of street gang, he said.
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"He was like a teddy bear and hella loving," said friend Jake Fernando, an 18 year old Newark Memorial High School senior.
Meanwhile, Afoa's family and friends throughout the day huddled around a makeshift shrine filled with flowers, candles, handwritten notes, and a small, decorated Christmas tree to mourn the 17 year old Newark resident remembered by several as a "fun loving and caring" friend.
"I think it's ridiculous that all the witnesses know what happened and they didn't do anything," said Pigeon, a 17 year old Newark Memorial senior. "They just watched."
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Afoa and his family, including his mother and five siblings, moved from East Palo Alto to Newark in 2009, said the victim's brother, Tima Afoa. Before moving, Justice Afoa attended Omega Seamaster 200m
"He wasn't in a gang, he wasn't that kind of guy," said Kendall Smith, a classmate and friend of Afoa's. Smith and two other classmates choked back tears as they left the shrine that included a 49ers football jersey and a T shirt bearing Afoa's photo and the message, "Rest in Paradise Justice Afoa."
Newark Memorial officials provided grief counselors for students today and opened the library as a gathering spot for student mourners, Newark Memorial varsity football coach Rich Swift said.
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NEWARK Dozens of people, grim faced and teary eyed, lingered somberly this morning at the intersection of Cedar Boulevard and Birch Street, the spot where Justice Afoa was stabbed to death a day earlier in apparent retaliation for protecting a cheerleader from being beaten up, according to his mother, Suvania Afoa.
At the crime scene shrine, Amber Pigeon, a friend of Afoa's, echoed that sentiment.
Carlmont High School in Belmont. In 2009, he was a second team All Mission Valley Athletic League defensive lineman for Newark Memorial High School. This fall, he switched to Bridgepoint High Continuation School. His goal was to raise his grades there so that he could graduate in the spring with his Newark Memorial classmates, Swift said.
She told KTVU that she suspected his death was connected to a recent party where the girl was threatened by two young males. Bob Douglas said.
"The people of Newark have been incredible," added Swift, also the school's athletic director. "The kids told me that people who didn't even know Justice have been dropping off flowers (at the crime scene) simply because he's from Newark."
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