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ALERT: Persons of Interest Sought for Murder of 63-Year Old Woman in Newark’s South Ward

By rlsmetro on

Newark – Acting Essex County Prosecutor Theodore N. Stephens, II, and Newark Public Safety Director Brian O’Hara are seeking help from the public identifying two persons of interests wanted in connection with the murder of Ms. Deborah Debra Derrick, 63, a grandmother who was fatally shot on her front porch.


Police sat at approximately 8 pm on March 11, 2021, Derrick, along with her grandchildren and other family members, gathered to release balloons celebrating her birthday and the birthday of her late twin sister when gunfire rang out on the 200 block of Lehigh Avenue. 

Derrick was shot and ultimately died from her injuries.  

Authorities would like to speak to the two young men in the photographs.

Anyone with information is asked to contact the Essex County Prosecutor’s Office Homicide/Major Crimes Task Force tips line at 1-877-TIPS-4EC or 1-877-847-7432.