Another killing in Newark's West Ward brings the total to 4 in a single day

By Star-Ledger Staff
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on October 23, 2013

A man and a woman were beaten and stabbed to death today in their Newark home on South 11th Street, sources said.


NEWARK — Four people were killed in Newark Tuesday — including a man and woman inside their home — in three separate crimes in the West Ward, authorities said.

Investigators have not made any arrests, and the killings all appear to be unrelated, according to Essex County Chief Assistant Prosecutor Thomas Fennelly. He added the cases were in the early stages of investigation.

The couple was beaten and stabbed to death inside their home on South 11th Street around 3:30 p.m. Tuesday, said two law enforcement officials with knowledge of the investigation. Nothing was taken from their second-floor apartment, said the officials, who did not want to be identified because they were not permitted to discuss the case publicly.

Less than four hours later, a man was shot and killed several blocks away on West End Avenue, Fennelly said.

And at 11 p.m., a fatal shooting was reported on South Orange Avenue and Smith Street, he said. No other information was given on the two latest victims.

Tuesday's killings come a week after three fatal shootings in the South Ward in a 24-hour span.

At the home on the 400 block of South 11th Street, authorities discovered the 54-year-old woman — who was later identified as Ruby Green — and the 64-year-old man, after a family member called police to the scene. Green had been stabbed and slashed several times and was barely alive, sources said. She was taken to University Hospital, where she was pronounced dead a short time later, said prosecutor’s office spokeswoman Katherine Carter.

The man, who had been beaten about the face, was dead at the scene. His name was not released because next of kin had not been notified. The prosecutor's office said he was a retired security guard.

Several residents who live nearby gathered behind the yellow police tape that surrounded the multi-family beige home. They described the area as troubled by violence and drugs.

"It’s a really bad neighborhood," said Kiesha Wilson, 34, who has lived on the block for four years and said she was robbed recently.

Bianca Maye, who lives a few doors down from the victims’ home called the victims quiet but friendly. She said they had relatives who lived in the neighborhood. "They were very nice, very respectful," Maye said, leaning on a parked car as detectives searched for clues outside the home where the killings took place. The female victim worked nights, Maye said, adding she would pass her in the morning returning home. Maye said the violence was wearing on her. "It’s bad. I’m getting ready to go."

Anyone with information about the cases is asked to call the prosecutor’s office at (877) 847-7432.

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