2nd victim in Orange home invasion died

Her 95-year-old husband died on the night of the home invasion

ORANGE, Mass. (WWLP) – The 77-year-old woman who was seriously injured during a home invasion in Orange on October 5th has died.

Mary Carey of the Northwestern District Attorney’s Office told 22News Joanna Fisher of Orange died Thursday morning at UMass Memorial Medical Center in Worcester. She said the cause of Fisher’s death has not yet been determined, and the office of the Chief Medical Examiner will make the determination.

Fisher and her husband, 95-year-old Thomas Harty, were attacked in their home at 581 East River Street. Harty was killed during the home invasion, while Fisher suffered serious injuries and brought to UMass Memorial Medical Center for treatment.

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Police booking photos of Joshua Hart and Brittany Smith, suspects in the home invasion killing of 95 year-old Thomas Harty. Images Courtesy: Orange Police Department

Paul Bernier of Athol, who never knew the couple, told 22News he still felt compelled to write her a get-well letter the other day. “I pray for them every day when I walk by. I sent her a letter the other day wishing her a happy, quick recovery, and wishing her family all the best.”

Two people were arrested for the deadly home invasion; 23-year-old Joshua Hart and 27-year-old Brittany Smith, both of Athol. They were caught in Virginia and brought back to Massachusetts to face charges. No word if they will face additional charges now that Fisher has died.

Witty’s Funeral Home told 22News they’re handling the funeral arraignments for Fisher.

22News will continue to follow this story and bring you the latest information, on-air and on WWLP.com, when it becomes available.

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