New details emerge in case of NJ teen killed just hours after graduation

Posted at 10:06 AM, Jul 02, 2013
and last updated 2013-07-02 11:13:36-04

Why did a popular high school football player end up murdered hours after his graduation?

It’s a mystery police are trying to solve as friends and family prepare for his funeral.  They are calling it a celebration of life and a funeral for 18-year-old Issac Rinas of Wayne, New Jersey.

The Tuesday service follows the arrests of two men now charged in the shooting. Initially everyone wondered why Rinas, who has been described as a good kid, was in Paterson Wednesday night hours after his graduation.  He was in what police describe as a gang and drug infested area instead of attending an alcohol free graduation party with his classmates in Vernon.  Now we are learning that he may have been lured to the area of Fair street and 18th after being set up by a friend.

On Friday, 18-year-old Casey Cole,  a classmate of Rinas at Wayne Valley High School, was charged with felony murder, robbery and conspiracy to commit robbery, and jailed on $2 million  cash bail, but prosecutors say Cole was not the shooter. Cops do say Cole was in the car the night Rinas was shot and killed.

Monday night while friends and family were mourning for the former football player, who friends say was considering a career in law enforcement or entering the Coast Guard, Paterson police announced another arrest in the case. Cops say 24-year-old Bishma Cowen was taken into custody Sunday night. Police are not saying if Cowen was the guy who ordered Rinas and Cole out of  the Infinity G37 Wednesday night and fired the shot that hit the teen in the neck and killed him. He remains behind bars.

Cole  was scheduled to go before a judge Tuesday morning while the funeral for Issac Rinas was set for 10 a.m.