Long Branch dad shot 2 kids and their mother dead, cops say
The deaths of Long Branch family members found after a fire at their home Wednesday night has been ruled a murder-suicide.
"All four individuals have injuries that are consistent with gunshot wounds," wrote Monmouth County Prosecutor's Office spokesman Charles Webster in a statement about the deaths of Lyndon “Shane” Beharry, 35, Amanda Morris, 29, and their sons, Brandon Beharry, 7 and Brian Beharry, 4.
"The manners of death of Ms. Morris and her children have been ruled a homicide. Lyndon 'Shane' Beharry’s sole injury was determined to be a self-inflicted gunshot wound. The fire has been classified incendiary in nature," said the statement.
The fire in the home on Joline Avenue in Long Branch started in a second floor bedroom where all four were found. They were taken to Monmouth Medical Center, where life-saving efforts failed, according to the statement.
A final ruling on the cause of death will be made after a post-mortem examination by the Middlesex County Medical Examiner's Office.
First Assistance Prosecutor Marc LeMieux earlier had said the fire was "not accidental" but did not elaborate on a motive or circumstances leading to the two-alarm fire.
Anyone with information regarding the fire can contact the Monmouth County Prosecutor's Office at 800-533-7443 or Long Branch Police at 732-222-1000.