NEWARK, NJ – Acting Essex County Prosecutor Robert D. Laurino announced today that Essex County Sheriff Armando Fontoura’s Crime Stoppers Program has increased the reward from up to $10,000 to up to $20,000 for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the person or persons responsible for the death of Deborah Burton, a 62-year-old grandmother from Maplewood.

Burton was fatally shot in Newark on March 13, in the area of 43 Third Street. The incident occurred at approximately 1:15 p.m. 

Burton was taken to University Hospital and was pronounced dead at 2:31 p.m. 

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.