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NFL's Eagles to Host Prep Game Interrupted by Shooting

Paul Steinbach

The Philadelphia Eagles have reportedly offered to host the remainder of the New Jersey high school football game interrupted by gunfire last week.

According to Sports Illustrated, the remainder of the Central Jersey Group II playoff matchup between Camden and Pleasantville, the game's original host, will be held Wednesday at Lincoln Financial Field. The event will be closed to the general public, though each school will be provided with a defined number of free passes for players’ parents and family members. 

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"It's extremely unfortunate that a senselessly violent act has impacted this game, and there will certainly be a wide range of emotions along both sidelines. However, thanks to the Eagles' generosity and community spirit, Pleasantville and Camden student-athletes and their families will have an opportunity to write their own ending to this game," said Larry White, executive director of the New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association. "They'll compete on a world-class stage, sending a clear message that violence will not win."

The original game was stopped with about 17 minutes remaining when gunshots could be heard at the stadium in Pleasantville, an area around 15 minutes from Atlantic City. Three people were shot, including a 10-year-old boy who was critically injured. Six people were arrested in connection with the incident.

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