The Seton Hall student killed at a house party Saturday died a hero, jumping in the path of bullets to save her Bronx friend, witnesses said.

When the gunfire erupted, Jessica Moore, 19, reportedly leaped in front of her friend and classmate Nakeisha Vanterpool, of Tremont, taking a bullet to the head.

Two witnesses corroborated the story to the campus newspaper The Setonian, and one of Vanterpool's neighbors repeated the account to The Post yesterday.

"[Vanterpool's] mother is so sad . . . but so proud and thankful for what [Moore] did," said the neighbor, who wouldn't give her name. "[Mrs. Vanterpool] never thought her little girl would go away to college and deal with these thugs."

Moore, a pretty honors student from Disputanta, Va., who was studying psychology, was killed and four others wounded in the East Orange, NJ, shooting.

The gunman had tried to get into the party but was tossed out after he had refused to pay a cover charge. He then returned with a gun and started firing.

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