Irvington homicide victim identified as Newark woman

IRVINGTON -- The victim of Irvington's first homicide of the year was identified as a 31-year-old Newark woman, authorities said.  A 31-year-old Newark woman was found shot to death on Hillside Terrace in Irvington SaturdayGoogle Tajmiah Phillips was...

Irvington homicide victim identified as Newark woman

IRVINGTON -- The victim of Irvington's first homicide of the year was identified as a 31-year-old Newark woman, authorities said. 

A 31-year-old Newark woman was found shot to death on Hillside Terrace in Irvington SaturdayGoogle

Tajmiah Phillips was fatally shot around 1:30 a.m. Saturday on Hillside Terrace, said Katherine Carter, a spokeswoman for the Essex County Prosecutor's Office.

Carter said there was no further information on the shooting, including any word on a motive or suspects.

Irvington had gone nearly two months without a killing in 2017 after a having dramatically reduced its number of homicides last year.

The decline followed a reorganization of its police department and creation of new units to focus on preventing drug and gang-related crime rather than reacting to it.

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