WATCH: Judge Esther Salas Speaks Out About Murder Of Son By Man Dressed As FedEx Driver
The suspect who dressed as a FedEx driver and then killed the son of Federal Judge Esther Salas has been reported dead by apparent suicide. This week, Judge Salas released a video about the killing.
The man killed Salas’s 20-year-old son, Daniel Anderl, and injured her husband and Anderl’s father, attorney Mark Anderl, in their North Brunswick Township, New Jersey home. Salas was in the home’s basement when the shooting occurred.
He died from an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound and was found near Liberty, New York. Authorities have yet to reveal the identity of the suspect.
The judge said in her video statement: “As the afternoon progressed, it was time to clean up from the weekend festivities; Daniel and I went downstairs to the basement and we were chatting, as we always do. And Daniel said ‘Mom, let’s keep talking. I love talking to you, Mom.’ It was at that exact moment that the doorbell rang, and Daniel looked at me and said, ‘Who is that?’ And before I could say a word, he sprinted upstairs. Within seconds, I heard the sound of bullets and someone screaming, ‘No!'”
Salas was nominated to the U.S. District Court for New Jersey in 2010 by former President Barack Obama. Salas has worked on a number of major, high-profile cases.
Marion Costanza, one of Salas’s neighbors, spoke highly of the family and mentioned Salas had expressed concern about her safety because of her job.
“She had some high-profile cases, and she was always a little concerned,” Costanza said. “There’s no one like them. They’re extremely good-natured. They would do anything for anyone,” she added of the family.