New Jersey

Three Found Dead in Apparent Murder-Suicide in New Jersey

Two parents and a child were found dead in a New Jersey apartment building on Christmas in what officials say appears to be a murder-suicide.

Bergen County Prosecutor John Molinelli said Michael Stasko, 53, fatally shot his wife Melissa Stasko, 49, and their 8-year-old daughter Mellie Stasko before turning the gun on himself.

The shootings occurred in the couple's bedroom at a luxury high rise apartment in Edgewater, New Jersey, where presents were still sitting under a Christmas tree, Molinelli told a news conference Friday night.

Autopsies will be performed Friday night into Saturday.

To contact a suicide prevention counselor at a crisis center in your area call the National Suicide Prevention Hotline at 1-800-273-8255

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