Orange residents mourning death of second home invasion victim

Fisher's husband died on the night of the home invasion

581 East River road, police tape removed from the house where the home invasion took place.

ORANGE, Mass. (WWLP) – 77 year-old Joanna Fisher died Thursday morning after being critically wounded in a home invasion in which her husband was murdered in Orange last month.

Fisher had spent more than a month in the hospital. “She was very well-liked in this town and he was very well-liked as well, so it was devastating to this community,” said Gary Campbell of Orange.

Fisher and her 95-year-old husband Thomas Harty, were attacked at their home at 581 East River Street in Orange on October 5th. Harty was killed during the night of the home invasion while Fisher suffered serious injuries and brought to UMass Memorial Medical Center in Worcester for treatment. The medical examiner will determine whether Fisher died from her wounds, or a medical condition.

“I grew up with all these people, I knew everybody, the Harty’s they lived right up the street. It’s unbelievable,” said Kurt Johnson of Orange.

The home invasion suspects are 23-year-old Joshua Hart and 27-year-old Brittany Smith, both of Athol. They were captured in Virginia and brought back to Massachusetts. They’re accused of murder, home invasion and stealing the couple’s car.

Hart and Smith are due back in court December 20th.

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