A 57-year-old private contractor shot and killed his 58-year-old wife and teen son before turning the gun on himself in Morris County, authorities said.
Peter, Kellie and Anthony Ventricelli, 15, were found dead in their Justine Place home in Succasunna around 10 a.m. Tuesday, March 7, Morris County Prosecutor Robert J. Carroll said.
The family's bodies were found during a welfare check, after one of the victim's friends said they couldn't be reached, the prosecutor said.
"Upon arrival, patrol made entry into the residence and discovered a husband, wife, and juvenile son all visibly deceased from what appeared to be gunshot wounds," Carroll's office said. "A subsequent investigation suggests they died during the early-morning hours."
Peter Ventricelli works as a private contractor. Further information on the two victims will not be disclosed.
A GoFundMe established by relatives had raised more than $28,900 as of Wednesday evening, March 8.
"With the loss of the family comes the loss of our family’s business," Carlo Ventricelli writes. "The business was the sole income keeping my grandparents in the house that they built in 1965. Any additional funds will go towards keeping my grandparents in their home."
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