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Man 'shot wife and eight-year-old daughter dead in bed'

Published 26/12/2015

New Jersey police are investigating a murder-suicide at an apartment building
New Jersey police are investigating a murder-suicide at an apartment building

A couple and their eight-year-old daughter have been found dead in an apparent murder-suicide at a luxury apartment building in New Jersey.

Bergen County Prosecutor John Molinelli said the bodies were found on Christmas Day at the Windsor at Mariners Tower, an apartment building on the banks of the Hudson River in Edgewater.

Mr Molinelli told the New York Daily News that 52-year-old Michael Stasko shot his 49-year-old wife, Melissa, and their daughter, Nellie, while they were in bed, before turning the gun on himself.

Authorities believe the incident may have happened on December 22 or early December 23.

Police discovered the bodies after receiving a call from Mrs Stasko's worried brother in Missouri.

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