NEWARK, N.J. (CBSNewYork/AP) — Authorities in New Jersey say an off-duty Essex County corrections officer has been shot dead in her car, shortly after she left a social club.

Acting County Prosecutor Carolyn Murray says 32-year-old Debora Ferreira of Irvington was shot just before 3 a.m. Sunday on Halsey Street in downtown Newark. She was unresponsive when found and was taken to University Medical Center, where she was pronounced dead a short time later.

Murray says a motive for the shooting is unknown. She declined to provide further details on the incident, which is under investigation by her office and Newark police.

The mother of a 1-year-old daughter, Ferreira had been with the county corrections department since July 2007.

The Essex County Crime Stoppers have offered a $10,000 reward for information in the case.

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Comments (4)
  1. Ichi♥ says:

    Honestly I go to a club in Newark and am in Newark until 4 am sometimes later. I’m from NY and crime is crime. No matter where you go you will be in danger. think before leaving a comment like “As for the C.O., who the hell goes to a nightclub in Eeeew-ark at 3am? That is just looking for trouble.” One other thing, Don’t call a place anything other than it’s name because 1 that’s disrespectful and 2 that comment alone was disrespectful to the C.O and the People of Newark, who live eat play and do what they can to survive because they have no where else to go, or simply because it is their home.

  2. Moon Them says:

    To the Killer: You are now a FUGITIVE. You had better climb on a Spacecraft and head for the MOON. If you stay on Earth they’re going to hunt you down and take you down just like the animal that you are. SpaceX gonna give it to ya.

    1. Very conservative says:

      Oh shut up. When a trip to the moon is as easy as sneaking into USA and in turn getting free health care, public assistance, and political protection, then you have a point.

      As for the C.O., who the hell goes to a nightclub in Eeeew-ark at 3am? That is just looking for trouble.

      1. Sigh says:

        Look, it’s obvious there was foul play involved? Who are you to judge her reasoning for being there? So, should I not cross the street to avoid getting hit my a car? You are terrible for saying this. Anyone can go at anytime, that next step, that next trip to the store.

        She was doing more than you are doing by pontificating from behind that computer screen. What do you do???!?

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