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Tuesday, October 28, 2008

[NJ] Officer Segui-Cordero kills wife Nelda, their dog, & himself

...Segui-Cordero was a senior corrections officer at New Jersey State Prison in Trenton, according to the state Department of Corrections... Segui-Cordero's suicide is believed to be the ninth this year among law enforcement officers in New Jersey... Nelda Segui was a former employee at the New Lisbon Developmental Service [home for developmentally disabled adults]...

Police probe murder-suicide
phillyBurbs.com, PA - Oct 24, 2008
By DAVID LEVINSKY dlevinsky@phillyBurbs.com
Burlington County Times

PEMBERTON TOWNSHIP — A state corrections officer shot and killed his wife and dog Wednesday night, then turned the gun on himself, police said.

The bodies of Victor Segui-Cordero, 59, his wife Nelda Segui, 59, and their family dog were discovered by the couple's adult son at around 9:30 p.m. inside their home on Lakeview Boulevard in the Browns Mills section of the township, police said.

A gun and handwritten suicide note also were found inside the home, police said. The contents of the note were not released.

The husband and wife were pronounced dead at the scene, police said.

No additional information about the incident was released by police yesterday. An investigation is still ongoing.

There was no police tape or other signs of activity at the couple's white rancher home yesterday morning. Neighbors declined to comment.

Segui-Cordero was a senior corrections officer at New Jersey State Prison in Trenton, according to the state Department of Corrections. He joined the department in 1993 after working six years for the state Department of Human Services.

Nelda Segui was a former employee at the New Lisbon Developmental Service, according to a family friend, who asked not to be identified.

Segui-Cordero's suicide is believed to be the ninth this year among law enforcement officers in New Jersey.

Earlier this month, Gov. Jon S. Corzine established a 14-person task force to develop strategies to assist law enforcement officials to deal with stress and other mental health issues.

“If we are to maintain a ready and viable team of law enforcement professionals, we owe it to them to provide all the necessary tools to deal with every danger they might encounter — physical or otherwise,” Corzine said in a statement announcing the task force. [LINK]

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