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Essex Sheriff Offers $10K to Help Identify ‘Persons of Interest’ in the Murder of 63-Year-Old Newark Woman

By rlsmetro on

Essex County Sheriff Armando Fontoura’s Crime Stoppers Program is offering up to $10,000 for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the person or persons responsible for the murder of Debra Derrick, 63, who was fatally shot on her front porch.


Authorities said approximately 8 p.m. on March 11, 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.

Police said Derrick was shot and ultimately died from her injuries.

The homicide investigation is being handled by the Essex County Prosecutor’s Office Homicide/Major Crimes Task Force, which includes detectives from the Newark Police Department. Suspect

Acting Essex County Prosecutor Theodore N. Stephens, II, and Newark Public Safety Director Brian O’Hara are seeking help from the public in identifying two persons of interests wanted in connection with the murder. 

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. Calls will be kept confidential.