Funeral for NJ Cheerleader Killed During Robbery

Investigators believe Amber Wilson may have known her killer

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    Pallbearers wearing Linden High School football jerseys lead a casket toward a hearse during funeral services for former Linden cheerleader Amber Wilson at First Baptist Church, Wednesday, July 18, 2012, in Linden, N.J. Wilson was killed during an armed robbery weeks after she graduated from high school, where she was a cheerleader. Authorities said the 18-year-old was walking from a Dunkin' Donuts in Linden with a friend when she was approached, shot and robbed on July 9. No arrests have been made.

    Hundreds of mourners packed a Linden church Wednesday to remember the young New Jersey woman killed during an armed robbery weeks after she graduated from high school.    

    Services for Amber Wilson were held Wednesday morning at First Baptist Church, where a standing-room-only crowd of about 1,200 people fondly recalled the cheerleader and dancer who wanted to be a police officer.

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    Authorities said the 18-year-old was walking from a Dunkin' Donuts in Linden with a friend when she was approached, shot and robbed on July 9. 

    No arrests have been made.     

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    Wilson may have known her assailant because authorities said words were exchanged before the shooting. 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 near where the teen was gunned down.

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

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