Autistic Teenager Slays Family Members On New Year’s Eve

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Less than 20 minutes before bringing in the New Year, an autistic New Jersey 16-year-old used a semiautomatic rifle to shoot and kill his mother, father, older sister, and grandfather’s partner inside their Long Branch home, according to reports.

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The teen, whose name has not been disclosed, will be charged with four counts of murder and a weapons offense, CBS reports. He was apprehended without issue Sunday (Dec. 31) and is expected to make a court appearance Tuesday (Jan. 2).

Prosecutors are considering whether to move the case to adult court, although the teen does not have a criminal history. The motive behind the shooting is still unknown. The gun used in the murder was legally registered to a resident of the house, reports say.

The victims were identified as the teens parents, Steven Kologi, 44, and Linda Kologi, 42; his sister who was a first-year student at Stockton University, 18; and 70-year-old Mary Schultz, who lived with the family. The teen’s grandfather and brother were not targeted and escaped unharmed.

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A family friend launched a GoFundMe page to raise money for the family’s funeral expenses.