She was pronounced dead at the scene.
Blunt, a longtime resident, lived alone in the home.
"I can't imagine somebody wanting to hurt her. I can't imagine such a nice lady, such a sweet lady," neighbor Jennifer Ogbur said.
Blunt was always working in her yard, always with a smile on her face.
She was that one person who everyone knew and loved. She was a treasured part of this neighborhood.
At this time no one has been charged, but detectives are talkiing to a person of interest.
"We wish to reassure the public that we believe at this time this was a targeted incident," said Acting Essex County Prosecutor Murray.
Anyone with information is urged to contact the Essex County Prosecutor's tips line at 1-877-847-7432.