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Two teens are dead after a shooting in Pleasantville

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Todd Mitchell, 13, of Pleasantville Todd Mitchell, 13, of Pleasantville
Taron Williams, 19, of Pleasantville Taron Williams, 19, of Pleasantville
PLEASANTVILLE -

Two teenagers are dead after a late night shooting.

"I just saw him two days ago. A couple days, how did he get shot?"

Emily Ramos spent the day remembering her friends, who she lost only hours earlier. She talked about the time she spent with 13 year old Todd Mitchell, and 19 year old Taron Williams, and says she is still in disbelief that they are no longer here.

"He didn't even have time to live his life, he just graduated. What is that? Just going around shooting people," said friend Emily Ramos.

It happened Wednesday evening just after 11, when police arrived on the scene to find Mitchell in front of the home and Williams in an alleyway, both suffering from multiple gun shot wounds.

Officials returned to the scene on Thursday morning to continue their investigation.

They say the shooting happened on the second floor of a Woodland Avenue home, but why it happened is still unknown.

Mitchell was attending Pleasantville Middle School, where officials are providing students with grief counselors.

Superintendent of Schools, Garnell Bailey released a statement on the situation saying:

"When something tragic like this shows up at your school, your home away from home, you have to make sure that they know they are loved and supported to the best of your ability. My sincere condolences goes out to the families, and as a community we are going to get through this."

Bailey continued to say that her staff is ready to help friends and family in this time of need.

"I just would tell him I love him and I don't know what else I'd say because he didn't deserve this," said cousin of Taron Williams, Teresa Comeaux.

But it's a reality they know they have to face, and will do everything they can to remember who they lost.

"Just stay close to your family, tell them you love them because you never know. You could walk out the door and that could be it."

So far no arrests have been made.

The deaths mark the 27th and 28th homicides in Atlantic County this year. The record of 31 was set in 2006.

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