Middlesex County Prosecutor Yolanda Ciccone and Director Anthony Caputo of the New Brunswick Police Department delivered a somber announcement today, revealing an ongoing investigation into a heart-wrenching double homicide and apparent suicide that shook the community.
On the night of Saturday, October 21, at around 11:03 p.m., authorities rushed to the scene near Handy Street and Throop Avenue, responding to a distressing report of a stabbing incident at Feaster Park.
Upon their arrival, the New Brunswick Police Department was met with a horrifying sight.
Ms. Gabriela De La Cruz Camero, a 22-year-old resident of New Brunswick, had sustained multiple stab wounds.
Camero was swiftly transported to Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital, where, tragically, she succumbed to her injuries and was declared deceased.
In close proximity to the park, at the intersection of Throop Avenue and Handy Street, another victim, Jesus Antonio-Salazar, 25, also from New Brunswick, was discovered with multiple stab wounds. Regrettably, Antonio-Salazar was pronounced deceased at the scene.
As law enforcement officials began to piece together the grim puzzle of this double homicide, they received a chilling 911 call at 2:13 a.m. indicating an unconscious man found at 7 Pine Street.
Upon arrival, officers located Eduardo Mateo Lorenzo, 26, of New Brunswick, who had taken his own life by apparent suicide.
The initial investigation, led by Detective Brandt Gregus of the New Brunswick Police Department and Detective Jose Rosario of the Middlesex County Prosecutor’s Office, determined that Mateo Lorenzo was the alleged perpetrator behind the tragic deaths of Camero and Antonio-Salazar.
It was further revealed that the three individuals knew each other, and there was no ongoing threat to the community.
Authorities are urging anyone with information or surveillance footage of the area to come forward and assist in the investigation.