Prosecutors: Woman found fatally beaten inside Newark apartment

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Nellie Marquez, 55, was found beaten to death inside her apartment. Nellie Marquez, 55, was found beaten to death inside her apartment.
NEWARK -

Authorities say a woman found badly beaten inside her home apparently died from blunt force trauma.

Essex County prosecutors say 55-year-old Nellie Marquez was found around 3:20 p.m. Saturday in her apartment located at 130 Dayton St. in Newark. She was pronounced dead there a short time later.

Authorities say that a family member found Marquez and called police.

A motive for the attack remains under investigation, according to officials.

Essex County Crime Stoppers is offering a $10,000 reward for information leading to an arrest and indictment.

Officials say that Marques lived in a senior apartment complex and was known as a model tenant. She was a member of the tenant association and was respected by her neighbors, according to investigators.

Anyone with information about the attack is asked to contact the Essex County prosecutor’s tip line at 1-877-TIPS-4-EC or 1-877-847-7432.

The Associated Press wire services contributed to this report.

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