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Son of US District Judge Esther Salas killed, husband shot in their New Jersey home; suspect found dead

USA TODAY logo USA TODAY 7/21/2020 Suzanne Russell, Bridgewater Courier News
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NORTH BRUNSWICK, N.J. – The "primary suspect" in the fatal shooting of New Jersey federal judge's son was found dead Monday, according to the FBI.  

The FBI identified attorney Roy Den Hollander as the suspect in the shooting in a Monday afternoon tweet and added Hollander was dead. A spokesperson for the FBI's Newark, New Jersey, office declined to comment further, but Hollander's website describes him as an "anti-feminist lawyer." 

The shooting occurred at the home of U.S. District Judge Esther Salas, and killed her son, Daniel, Chief District Judge Freda Wolfson told The Associated Press. Salas' husband, defense lawyer Mark Anderl, was injured, Wolfson said.

NBC New York reported Anderl answered the door and was shot several times, and his son, 20, was shot as well when he came to the door. The judge was not injured in the shooting. 

The gunman posed as a delivery driver, according to a judiciary official who wasn’t authorized to comment and spoke anonymously to the AP. They said Salas was in the basement at the time and wasn’t injured and her husband is recovering from surgery.

“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,” U.S. Sen. Bob Menendez, D-N.J., said in a statement late Sunday. 

a group of police officers riding on the back of a truck: Police investigate a shooting at the North Brunswick, N.J., home of U.S. District Judge Esther Salas. Her son was killed, and her husband was critically injured. © State News Service Police investigate a shooting at the North Brunswick, N.J., home of U.S. District Judge Esther Salas. Her son was killed, and her husband was critically injured.

Mark Anderl has law offices in Perth Amboy and Princeton. 

a man wearing a suit and tie: Lawyer Mark Anderl was critically injured in a shooting. © ~File Lawyer Mark Anderl was critically injured in a shooting.

Daniel Anderl was preparing to enter his junior year at the Catholic University of America in Washington. He made the university's School of Arts and Science's Dean's List for the spring semester. The university tweeted it would offer Mass for Daniel. 

"I was shocked last night to hear news of Daniel Anderl’s tragic death Sunday evening in New Jersey," university President John Garvey tweeted. "We all mourn and grieve this loss to our university community. Our deepest condolences go out to Daniel’s parents, Esther Salas and Mark Anderl. We pray too for Daniel’s father, who was also shot and is in the hospital." 

Daniel planned to attend law school. In an interview with New Jersey Monthly two years ago, Salas playfully suggested her son had the makings of an attorney, telling the magazine, “He’s been arguing with us since he could talk, practicing his advocacy skills."

'Tragic beyond words': St. Joseph alumnus Daniel Anderl, son of federal judge, shot and killed in family's North Brunswick home

a couple of people that are talking to each other: Daniel Anderl's mother says he planned to go to law school. © ~submitted photo Daniel Anderl's mother says he planned to go to law school.

Salas was nominated by President Barack Obama and confirmed in 2011. Before that, she served as a U.S. magistrate judge in New Jersey after working as an assistant public defender for several years.

Salas oversaw many high-profile criminal cases, including the corruption trial of ex-Bergen County Democratic leader Joe Ferriero whom she sentenced to 35 months in prison in 2015.

Salas was born in Los Angeles and earned her bachelor's and law degrees from Rutgers University. She worked nearly 10 years as a federal public defender and was head of the Hispanic Bar Association before becoming the first Latina magistrate in New Jersey. She was approved unanimously by the U.S. Senate for a judgeship in 2011.

Among her most high-profile cases was a financial fraud case involving “Real Housewives of New Jersey” reality TV stars Teresa Giudice and her husband, Joe, who were sentenced to staggered prison sentences, so they would be able to care for their four daughters.

Salas presided over a lawsuit brought by Deutsche Bank investors who claimed the company failed to monitor “high-risk” customers, including convicted sex offender Jeffrey Epstein.

Contributing: Greg Tufaro, Bridgewater Courier News; Jordan Culver, USA TODAY; The Associated Press

Follow Suzanne Russell on Twitter: @SRussellMyCJ

This article originally appeared on Bridgewater Courier News: Son of US District Judge Esther Salas killed, husband shot in their New Jersey home; suspect found dead


Video: FBI seeking suspect in slaying of federal judge's son at their home (Reuters)

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