Teen charged with killing family members on New Year’s Eve


LONG BRANCH – A 16-year-old boy is in police custody after four people were found shot to death inside his parent’s Long Branch home on New Year’s Eve.

Long Branch police responded to a 911 call reporting shots fired at 635 Wall St. at 11:43 p.m. on Dec. 31, according to Monmouth County Prosecutor Christopher J. Gramiccioni.

The Long Branch police and Monmouth County Sheriff’s Office officers arrived to discover four deceased victims: the suspect’s father, Steven Kologi, 44; mother Linda Kologi, 42; sister Brittany Kologi, 18; and family acquaintance, Mary Schultz, 70, of Ocean Township, according to officials.

It appears the 16-year-old boy used a Century Arms semi-automatic rifle to allegedly kill his victims, officials said. The teenager was taken into custody without incident, officials said.

Anyone with information should call Detective Andrea Tozzi of the Monmouth County Prosecutor’s Office at 800-533-7443, or Detective Michael Verdadiero of the Long Branch Police Department at 732-222-1000.