The Union County Prosecutor’s Office and Linden Police Department jointly revealed in a news release on Monday that the four members of the family who were discovered dead in their Linden home on Sunday were victims of a murder-suicide.
Before 9:30 on Sunday morning, officers from the Linden Police Department went to 18 Chatham Place to conduct a welfare check, according to authorities.
When they arrived, they discovered Krzysztof Nieroda, 41, Justyna Nieroda, 41, and Natalie Nieroda, the couple’s 13-year-old daughter, dead from gunshot wounds. Authorities reported that their 14-year-old son Sebastian Nieroda was found alive and in serious condition.
According to the authorities, the boy was taken to University Hospital in Newark, where he succumbed to his injuries Sunday afternoon.
“There are neither explanations that can serve to make sense of catastrophes of this scale to the public nor words that can heal. In the wake of this terrible incident, our hearts go out to the family, friends, and the Linden community said Prosecutor William A. Daniel.
According to authorities, investigators found that Krzysztof fatally shot his wife, Justyna, his son Sebastian, and his daughter Natalie early on Sunday morning.
According to authorities, Krzysztof then confessed to killing his wife and children over the phone to a family member. He allegedly shot himself in the head once, shortly after that, to end his life. When officials arrived, they discovered the firearm in his hand, according to police.