Neighbors Wake To Double Murder-Suicide In Northern N.J.


Police are trying to find out what lead to a double-murder suicide in Kingwood Township that ended the lives of a 26-year-old man and his parents. The murders are the first to occur in the rural Hunterdon County municipality in more than two decades.

Investigators believe Gabriel Wierzbicki, 26, shot and killed his mother and father, Andrew Wierzbicki, 62, and his wife Wanda Wierzbicki, 56, -- before shooting himself.

According to Hunterdon County Prosecutor Anthony Kearns III, the bodies were discovered late Saturday morning at a single-family home on Barbertown-Point Breeze Road. He said New Jersey State Police went there, after receiving a 911 call about a body on the premises near the garage. The troopers found the Wierzbickis inside. They also found multiple weapons.

Investigators still don't know what lead to the tragedy. An online report on WCBS New York says neighbors described the family as "quiet, but troubled." Gabriel Wierzbicki had had several run-ins with law enforcement over the years. He returned home from college recently to reportedly look for a job.

Wana Wierzbicki used to work as a receptionist for a local medical practice. In 2009, she published the book, "Without Surrender," about the life of her brother, Sgt. William Blahut -- an Iraq War Army veteran, who succumbed to cancer the day before his unit was set to return stateside following a 12-month-long deployment.

If you have any information that can move the investigation along, please call the Hunterdon County Prosecutor's Office at 908-788-1129 or the State Police Kingwood Barracks at 908-996-2864. All calls are kept confidential.

Hearns says The New Jersey State Police Major Crimes Unit, Kingwood Station detectives, NJSP Crime Scene Unit, the county Prosecutor's Office Crime Scene Unit, and county detectives are all involved with the investigation.