Essex County Corrections Officer Debora Ferreira’s murderers didn’t know who she was, say Newark police, who have charged two men and a juvenile with killing her during a carjacking, in addition to several other violent crimes.
Newark police said they picked up the 16-year-old for a curfew violation less than a week after the July 31 murder. Earlier this week, detectives arrested Maurice Holstin, 30, and 22-year-old Laquann Reed, both of Newark, officials said today.
Ferreira, a 32-year-old mother with a 1-year-old daughter, was gunned down after leaving Club Mentors shortly before 3 a.m. that fateful night.
“The first break that came in this case was a curfew stop,” Newark Police Director Samuel DeMaio told reporters today. “It’s a testament to when you take care of the small things, that leads to the larger things.”
Acting Essex County Prosecutor Carolyn Murray, a former Assistant United States Attorney out of Newark, said members of the trio were involved in several other violent crimes, including a shooting and carjacking, both in Newark, and an armed robbery out of Bloomfield, both before and after the murder.
“It was very important for us to see this to fruition,” said acting Essex County Corrections Director Al Ortiz.
Police haven’t connected any of the three to the shooting death of a visiting Virginia schoolteacher two nights before Ferreira was killed. They asked that anyone with information about the incident – in which three other people were also hit – call the 24-hour “Crime Stoppers” anonymous tip line at 877 NWK-TIPS (877 695-8477) or 877 NWK-GUNS (877 695-4867).
Essex County Crime Stoppers has boosted its reward to $15,000 for information leading to the arrest and conviction of whoever was responsible.
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