The girl’s father confirmed the story. As it turned out, she was the 10-year-old sister of one of Smith’s teammates and she had been on her way to the concession stand.
Not until they arrived at the N.F.L. stadium on Wednesday did some Camden players learn that Micah had died. Many could not help but replay the chaos of last Friday night — gunshots, scared players running through a fence, a referee going to the ground for safety, fans and players dashing beneath the bleachers.
Alvin Wyatt, 31, of Atlantic City, was arrested by a Pleasantville police officer near the end zone. He was charged on Wednesday with murder in Micah’s death. He also faces two counts of attempted murder in the shooting of a 15-year-old boy who was grazed by a bullet and a man named Ibn Abdullah, 27.
Mr. Abdullah was charged with unlawful possession of a weapon. He and Mr. Wyatt have been linked to a homicide in Atlantic City that occurred about two weeks ago and “may have led to this incident,” Atlantic County Prosecutor Damon G. Tyner said in an interview. Four other men at last Friday’s game have also been charged with unlawful possession of a weapon.
Micah was apparently sitting behind Mr. Abdullah, Mr. Tyner said, and the two were not at the game together. “Sometimes incidents are overdramatized, but this is every bit of a tragedy,” Mr. Tyner said. “When you see a 10-year-old and how full of life he was, it really makes you question humanity.”
Thoughts far weightier than those about football were never far from the minds of the players on Wednesday night. Darian Chestnut, Camden High School’s quarterback, scored on a touchdown run, knelt in the end zone, put his hands together as if in prayer and pointed toward the sky in tribute to Micah. He told reporters that as a boy, he had the same dreams that Micah must have had, and “now he won’t get the chance to do something like this.”
Victory was tempered by grief. Mr. Savage, Camden’s coach, said football was supposed to be a safe haven for his players to forget about their problems. But, he added: “The shooting messed up the innocence of football. It takes away the innocence of kids, makes them grow up too early.”