A man accused of killing his daughter and badly injuring his wife in baseball bat attacks at the family’s Camden County home was found dead Tuesday morning, officials said.
Voorhees Township police found Gregory Kelemen dead from an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound around 11:30 a.m. in a wooded section of the town near the 300 block of Preston Avenue, about a mile from his home, according to Acting Camden County Prosecutor Jill S. Mayer.
Police and the U.S. Marshals Service were looking for Kelemen after he was charged with the murder of his daughter, 22-year-old college student Katherine Kelemen, and the attempted murder of his wife Monday, the prosecutor said in a joint statement with Voorhees Township Police Chief Louis Bordi.
Gregory Kelemen fled after beating his daughter to death and repeatedly hitting his wife with a bat he kept under his bed, according to an affidavit filed in the case.
After being awakened when Kelemen was beating her with the bat and yelling, “I can’t take it anymore,” the wife crawled away and called 911 at about 6:50 a.m as she entered her daughter’s room, the affidavit states.
Voorhees police rushed to the call from the Round Hill Road home and found the women wounded, authorities said. Katherine Kelemen died a short time later at a local hospital.
His wife was listed in critical, but stable condition as of Tuesday afternoon, officials said.
After the attacks, Gregory Kelemen called his employer around 10 a.m. to say he would be late for work, but never arrived, according to the affidavit. In a statement Monday, the prosecutor’s office described the attacks as “domestic violence-related,” but did not reveal more details on a possible motive.
Katherine Kelemen was a junior at Temple University’s College of Liberal Arts while her mother worked at Temple’s Lewis Katz School of Medicine, according to the university.
“This is a senseless tragedy that affects our entire Temple community, and the devastating incident remains under police investigation. Temple University is committed to supporting our community during this challenging time,” university officials said in a statement.
Editor’s Note: Reach the New Jersey Domestic Violence Hotline at 1-800-572-SAFE (7233). Reach the National Domestic Violence Hotline at 1-800-799-SAFE (7233), chat with their advocates here or text LOVEIS to 22522.
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