Teaneck fire that killed lone resident was arson, murder

YOU READ IT HERE FIRST: Someone set a fire to try and cover up the shooting death of a 59-year-old Teaneck man, Bergen County Prosecutor John L. Molinelli said.

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The 12:15 a.m. fire that killed Robert Cantor, a Verizon Wireless software engineer who lived alone, “is being investigated as a homicide/arson,” Molinelli said.

“The autopsy conducted by the Bergen County Medical Examiner revealed that the victim suffered a gunshot wound prior to the fire being set,” the prosecutor explained.

Firefighters found Cantor in the basement after extinguishing flames that fully engulfed the house, Molinelli said. The victim was later identified through dental records, he said.

The prosecutor took the rare step of asking that anyone who has information about why Cantor was killed and by whom to contact Teaneck police (201-837-2600) or the Major Crimes Unit of his office (201-226-5500).

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