Father Shoots Wife, 2 Kids at Linden, NJ, Home in Murder-suicide, Police Say
LINDEN — A father of two shot his wife and their children before turning the gun on himself in a murder-suicide, according to the Union County Prosecutor's Office.
Krzysztof Nieroda, 41, is accused of opening fire at their home at 18 Chatham Place around 9:30 a.m. Sunday morning. Authorities said he then called a family member, told them what he had done, and shot himself in the head.
Justyna Nieroda, 41, and their 13-year-old daughter Natalie Nieroda were found dead at the scene by Linden police. The gun was still in Krzysztof Nieroda's hand when police got to the home.
Their son, 14-year-old Sebastian Nieroda, was taken to Newark University Hospital in critical condition but died later Sunday, Linden police Capt. Christopher Guenther told us.
Linden family appeared happy before shooting
Nieroda worked as an electrician, according to his LinkedIn profile.
Justyna Nieroda worked at Prestige, a European-style beauty salon and spa in the nearby city of Rahway. We have reached out to Prestige for comment.
Property records show that the couple moved into their Linden home in 2007. A few years later, they had their first child.
Less than a month before the shooting, Nieroda posted on social media that he and his "beautiful wife" went out for date night.
Officials say help is available for those in crisis
Union County Prosecutor William Daniel did not disclose what may have led to the shooting. Linden police Chief David Hart said that the shooting is a reminder that people can always reach out for help before a crisis.
"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," Hart said. "If you or someone you know may be suffering, please don't hesitate to ask for help before a crisis occurs."
- Anyone in crisis and in need of immediate help can text or dial 988 or call the New Jersey Suicide Prevention Hopeline at 1-855-654-6735.
- There also is a chat option on the website.