Murder/Suicide – Dead – Jose Leonel Martinez Gelabert (West New York, NJ)


The man and woman killed yesterday afternoon in West New York in what officials are calling a murder-suicide were married but were going through a divorce, according to friends of the woman.

They had three children, including a 17-year-old son who was at the scene when his mother was shot in the head by his father, according to Hudson County Prosecutor’s Office spokesman Gene Rubino.

The woman, who friends have identified as Midalis Sanchez-Monteagudo, 36, of North Bergen, was shot in the head at Solo Nails at Bergenline Avenue and 50th Street at around 5 p.m. yesterday, officials said.

Sanchez-Monteagudo’s husband, who friends have identified as Jose Leonardo Martinez, 39, was found dead with a self-inflicted gunshot wound a short time later in the parking lot off Bergenline between 51st and 52nd streets.

“She wanted a divorce and he told her he would ‘kill her, kill the kids and kill himself’,” said Tony Castro, the son of the godfather of the couple’s middle child.

Castro said Martinez had been jailed within the last two months for threatening his wife and that Sanchez-Monteagudo had handed divorce papers to Martinez about two weeks ago.


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