Krzysztof Nieroda shoots wife, Justyna Nieroda and their two children dead then self in suspected murder suicide at their Linden, N.J home. No known motive.
A New Jersey man called a relative on Sunday morning to say he had just shot his wife and their two children dead — before moments later turning the gun on himself.
When authorities arrived at the home in Linden, N.J., just on 9.30am, February 19, they found Krzysztof Nieroda, 41, his wife, Justyna Nieroda, 41, and their daughter, Natalie Nieroda, 13, dead at the scene in a suspected murder suicide. Their son, Sebastian Nieroda, 14, was still alive, but in critical condition. The teen was transported to a local hospital where he later died from his injuries.
Krzysztof according to a statement from the Linden Police Department, was discovered with murder weapon in his hand according to responding officers.
Krzysztof worked as an electrician while Justyna ran a hair salon out of the family’s Union County residence according to neighbors cited by NJ.com.
‘She really was beautiful inside and out,’ Jackie Milan, a former Linden resident whose relatives still live near the home where the crime took place said. ‘She will be missed.’
No known fissures
The couple was friendly — they’d walk their dog around the neighborhood and chat with acquaintances about their jobs, their kids or their bills, residents said.
Neighbors told of not being aware of any financial issues or breakdown in the parents marriage or any mental health issues that the father may have been experiencing.
Natalie was in seventh grade and Sebastian was in eighth grade.
‘The children were always happy when they were outside playing,’ Milan said. ‘The mother did my mother-in-law’s hair since she was a hairdresser and cut my husband’s hair and brother-in-law’s as well. She was very happy and so sweet.’
According to Justyna’s Facebook page, she and Krzysztof married in 2011.
Residents described the Nierodas as affable, helpful people who made the town their home in 2007, making their deaths even more shocking and not easily understood.
‘They’re a normal family. That’s why it’s impossible to believe,’ Angel Montanez, 56, told the nypost. ‘They go camping every long weekend with a trailer they hook up to their car. They recently renovated their kitchen, and he invited me over to show it to me.’
No known motive
The Linden School District brought in grief counselors for students and staff at the kids’ former schools, McManus Middle School and School #10, Superintendent Rocco G. Tomazic said in a statement posted on the district’s website.
‘In tragedies of this magnitude, there are no words that can heal, nor explanations that can serve to make sense of them to the public,’ Union County Prosecutor William A. Daniel said in a statement. ‘Our thoughts go out to the family and friends of these victims and to the Linden community as a whole in the wake of this horrible event.’
‘It is difficult to find the words to describe the impact a tragedy like this has on our community, particularly for the families, our children, and first responders,’ said Linden Police Chief David Hart. ‘We are not alone in our grief; each of us has a shared responsibility to be there for our loved ones as we mourn the loss of our friends and neighbors. If you or someone you know may be suffering, please don’t hesitate to ask for help before a crisis occurs.’
No known motive for the suspected murder suicide was given.