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Motive Still a Mystery Nearly a Year After Family Killed in Jersey Shore

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    Parents, Sister Among 4 Killed by Teen in NJ

    The young suspect behind a shocking New Year's Eve killing spree was the focus of a court proceeding Tuesday. The teenage boy allegedly opened fire on his own family, killing three of them and a family friend. Brian Thompson reports from Long Branch.

    (Published Tuesday, Jan. 2, 2018)

    What to Know

    • Nearly a year after teen allegedly shot and killed his parents, sister and a family friend in NJ, few details have emerged to

    • The four were slain on New Year's Eve in Long Branch. According to prosecutors, 16-year-old Scott Kologi shot the victims at close range

    • The motive still remains a mystery; The Asbury Park Press reports Kologi faces four counts of murder plus a weapons offense.

    Nearly a year after a teenager allegedly shot and killed his parents, sister and a family friend in New Jersey, few details have emerged to shed light on the crime.

    The four were slain on New Year's Eve in Long Branch. According to prosecutors, 16-year-old defendant Scott Kologi shot the victims multiple times at close range.

    The victims were later identified by officials as the teen's parents, Steven and Linda Kologi, 44 and 42 respectively, his sister, 18-year-old Brittany Kologi, and a 70-year-old family friend, Mary Schultz, who lived in the home.

    Prosecutors initially said Kologi allegedly went room to room to find his victims. A brother, grandfather and another family friend heard the shots and ran. They escaped unharmed.

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    The case was sent to family court and a judge barred attorneys from speaking about it.

    Prosecutors sought to have the case moved up to adult court, but a decision wasn't publicized.

    The Asbury Park Press reports Kologi faces four counts of murder plus a weapons offense.

    Prosecutors have said the semi-automatic rifle used in the killings was legally owned by someone in the home, but have provided no other details.

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