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Reward Offered for Information in Three Newark Homicides


Newark -- Acting Essex County Prosecutor Theodore N. Stephens, II, announced today that Essex County Sheriff Armando Fontoura’s Crime Stoppers Program is offering a reward of up to $5,000 for each case for information regarding three unsolved homicides.

Officials say, on Sept. 14, at approximately 2:50 p.m. Jason Duffy and Hassan Ward, both 30, were shot and killed in the Oscar Myles Housing Complex.

According to officials, in a possible unrelated case, on Oct. 28, at approximately 7 p.m. Avent Holston, 27, of Newark was fatally shot in the 300 block of West Kinney Street. Holston was pronounced dead at the scene at 7:41 p.m.

Essex County Prosecutor’s Office Homicide/Major Crimes Task Force, which includes detectives from the Newark Police Department, is investigating all three of these fatal shootings.

Authorities are asking anyone who might have information 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.