Mystery surrounds shooting death of Maplewood resident Deborah Burton in Newark

Maplewood resident Deborah Burton was gunned down in Newark on March 13.

Maplewood resident Deborah Burton was gunned down in Newark on March 13. (3/30/17)

NEWARK - There are still many questions unanswered after a Maplewood woman was gunned down in Newark earlier this month.

Police in Newark and the Essex County prosecutor have both confirmed Deborah Burton, 62, was fatally shot behind a building near Third Street in the early afternoon hours of March 13.

The tragedy drew dozens of people to the area Wednesday night to rally for answers and change. Anti-violence advocates and Burton's relatives gathered in protest.

Her family tells News 12 New Jersey Burton dropped her son at work on the day of her death and wasn't heard from again.

Officials say they are still investigating how and why Burton was shot.

“She was the sweetest kindest, most loving innocent gentle human being in this world,” says Imam Shakur AbdulRahim. “We are totally shocked and devastated that something could happen, something as terrible as this."

While many people believe she may have been killed over money, the prosecutor's office says there is no evidence suggesting Burton was a carjacking victim.

Anyone who might have any information about the killing is asked to contact the Essex County Prosecutor's Major Crimes Unit at 877-847-7432.

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