FREEHOLD — Monmouth County Prosecutor Christopher Gramiccioni held a news conference Wednesday afternoon to give an update on the murder of a technology CEO and his family at their home in Colts Neck.
Keith Caneiro, 50, was slain along with his wife Jennifer, 45, and their two children at their home in Colts Neck, authorities said. Their mansion on Willow Brook Road was also set ablaze Tuesday in a fire that is being investigated as a suspected arson.
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Keith Caneiro’s brother and business partner Paul Caneiro, 51, has already been charged with aggravated arson for allegedly setting fire to his own home in Ocean Township early Tuesday with his wife and daughters inside, authorities said.
Follow this post for live updates from Gramiccioni’s news conference.
2:00 p.m.: Gramiccioni has begun. He thanks fire crews for battling the fire well into yesterday evening.
2:01 p.m.: Prosecutor identifies two of the dead as Keith Caneiro, 50, and his wife Jennifer, 45. Says the other victims were their children, but can’t identify them because of the condition of the bodies. He said yesterday they had been severely burned.
2:04 p.m.: Gramiccioni confirms the family were victims of “homicidal violence.”
2:05 p.m.: Prosecutor says law enforcement knows Colts Neck to be a “quiet” and “safe” community. Encourages community to alert law enforcement if they have any information relevant to the investigation.
2:07 p.m.: Asked about motive, Gramiccioni said police must “crawl before we walk.” He said information about possible motive may come out at Paul Caneiro’s upcoming detention hearing for aggravated arson in connection with the fire at his own home in Ocean Township.
2:09 p.m.: Prosecutor describes the killing as a “targeted situation” involving Caneiro family.
2:11 p.m.: Asked about timing of events, the prosecutor says it’s too early to know when exactly the Caneiro family was killed. The scene at Willow Brook Road has not yet been deemed clear for investigators to enter.
2:15 p.m.: Reporter asks Gramiccioni if Paul Caneiro is a suspect in the killing of Keith Caneiro and his family. Prosecutor says he can’t confirm nor deny.
2:20 p.m.: Gramiccioni says murder of Caneiro family occurred before the fire was set at their home, but he can’t say the exact time they were killed. Authorities first responded to the fire at 12:38 p.m. Tuesday.
2:24 p.m.: Prosecutor says he cannot comment on if a weapon was found at Paul Caneiro’s home in Ocean Township.
2:26 p.m.: Gramiccioni wraps up by asking the public to come forward if they have any information on what transpired.
2:28 p.m.: Prosecutor has concluded. Key takeaways: He confirms it was Keith and Jennifer Caneiro who were killed along with their two children who were later identified as Jesse, 11, and Sophia, 8. Gramiccioni says the family was the victim of “homicidal violence” before the fire was set at their Willow Brook Road mansion Tuesday. Keith Caneiro was shot and his body was found outside the home. Keith’s brother Paul Caneiro is in jail for aggravated arson at his Ocean Township home. Authorities won’t say if he’s a suspect in the killing in Colts Neck.
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