NJ brothers charged with killing a grandmother at her birthday celebration

Two New Jersey brothers have been charged with the murder of a grandmother who was shot as she celebrated her birthday on her front porch in Newark last year, officials announced Monday.

Jonathan Ritchie, 21 and his brother Josiah Ritchie, 19, both of Newark, are also facing weapons charges over the March 11, 2021 death of Debra Derrick, 63, according to the Essex County Prosecutor’s Office.

Derrick, a former nursing assistant at Newark Beth Israel Medical center, was on her front porch releasing balloons to celebrate her birthday and the birthday of her late twin sister when she was shot, officials said.

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