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Published On: Sat, Sep 6th, 2014

Angelo Talignani identified a gunman in New Jersey murder suicide

Three people in their 80s were found dead in New Jersey after a man reportedly shot and killed his wife, brother-in-law and then himself. Police are not clear on a motive, but now identified all of the victims.

Angelo Talignani went to Anthony Gentile’s home around 7:30 a.m., took two guns legally owned by Gentile and shot him in his bedroom, Bergen County Prosecutor John Molinelli said.

“We don’t know if there was any type of scuffle or argument,” Molinelli said during a press conference. While Talignani was diagnosed with depression, Molinelli explained that Talignani appear to go to Gentile’s home to get the guns, but it was not known whether he intended to shoot him there.

After Gentile was killed, Talignani went back home and shot his wife, Antoinette, as she lay in bed, Molinelli said. Talignani then killed himself.

The shootings in Hasbrouck Heights is just about 10 miles from New York City. The victims lived just a few homes away from each other and there was no known animosity between them.

Police found Gentile’s body when they went to question him about the guns found at the Talignanis’ home, Molinelli said.

“It’s a tragedy; these people were all elderly who had known each other for a long time,” Molinelli said. “These were longtime residents of Hasbrouck Heights, good families. You really never know why people do this.”

Gentile lived alone, Molinelli said. Gentile’s deceased wife was Antoinette Talignani’s sister.

Crime Scene Tape photo/editted pic from FBI.gov

Crime Scene Tape photo/editted pic from FBI.gov

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- Roxanne "Butter" Bracco began with the Dispatch as Pittsburgh Correspondent, but will be providing reports and insights from Washington DC, Maryland and the surrounding region. Contact Roxie aka "Butter" at [email protected] ATTN: Roxie or Butter Bracco

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