Man accused of murdering mom, daughter was convicted killer who got out early
The man accused of killing two people in Raritan was arraigned in a Somerset County courtroom on Monday.
Ramon "Ray" Cadiz, 51 is being held on $2 million bail, charged with the murder of two people inside a home on First Avenue in Raritan on Friday, according to the Somerset County Prosecutor's Office.
The prosecutor's office has not identified the victims, but MyCentralJersey.com reports cites a law enforcement officer speaking on the condition of anonymity saying they were a mother and high school-age daughter apparently killed by a hammer.
The relationship of the Cadiz and the victims was not revealed by the Prosecutor's Office.
MyCentralJersey.com also reports that Cadiz is already a convicted killer who was charged with murder in 1991 after he fatally stabbed a man at a bar in Bridgeton, and took a plea deal. He was sentenced to 25 years in July of 1992 but was released eight years later. Further criminal convictions include forgery and child abuse.
In a letter to the community, the Bridgewater-Raritan School District Superintendent Victor P. Hayek said this weekend the district had "strong reason to believe that it may have involved one of our students."
The letter stressed that while the victims' IDs had not been confirmed "community chatter and social media have begun to speculate." The district said it would be making crisis counselors available to students and staff, and would be attentive to the needs of students who appear to be having particular trouble.
It encouraged parents to monitor their children's cell phones and electronic communications to make sure there were no warning signs of of dangerous emotional distress.
"I know you join me in extending our heartfelt sympathy to the family, friends, and relatives of the victims. Know that we will continue to inspire and be inspired to move forward in the best interest of our students. As always, we thank you for your support," the letter states.