Husband, son of federal judge shot in their North Brunswick home


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The FBI is currently seeking one suspect in the fatal shooting at a North Brunswick home involving the family of a federal judge.

Reports state that the husband and son of U.S. District Judge Esther Salas were shot in their North Brunswick home on July 19. Reports state their 20-year-old son has died and the husband is hospitalized with serious injuries.

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Gov. Phil Murphy shared a Tweet from the FBI Newark asking anyone with information to call 973-792-3001.

“Judge Salas and her family are in our thoughts at this time as they cope with this senseless act,” Murphy said in a tweet.

Doreen A. Holder, of the FBI, which is in charge of the investigation, said there is “nothing at this time” that can be released, as of the morning of July 20.

U.S. Senator Bob Menendez (D-N.J.) released the following statement in response to the shooting.

“I know Judge Salas and her husband well, and was proud to recommend her to President Obama for nomination to New Jersey’s federal bench. My prayers are with Judge Salas and her family, and that those responsible for this horrendous act are swiftly apprehended and brought to justice.”

Assembly Speaker Craig Coughlin (D-Middlesex) issued the following statement.

“Our thoughts are with Judge Salas and her family during this unspeakably difficult time. We mourn the loss of her son and pray that her husband has a speedy and full recovery,” he said. “We must come together as a community to put an end to senseless gun violence. No family deserves to suffer the loss and heartache the Salas family must now endure.”


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