UNION, New Jersey – A tragic murder-suicide occurred in Union, New Jersey, as a 42-year-old mother shot and killed her husband and their two young daughters before turning the weapon on herself. The incident took place just as the family’s suburban home was being foreclosed on.
Andrea Alarcon fatally shot her husband, 51-year-old Ruben Alarcon, along with their daughters, 9-year-old Scarlett and 6-year-old Emma, inside their Lincrest Terrace home. Local sheriffs arrived at the residence to serve an eviction notice and tragically discovered the four victims with fatal gunshot wounds. The murder weapon was found near Andrea’s body, leading investigators to conclude that she was responsible for the deadly act.
The Alarcon family’s home had been sold at a sheriff’s sale in November for $322,000. Having lived in the property for 15 years, the family had 60 days to vacate the premises before being evicted. The financial strain and impending loss of their home may have contributed to the devastating events that unfolded.
Union County Prosecutor William Daniel expressed condolences to the family and the Union community, acknowledging the magnitude of the tragedy. He stated, “In tragedies of this magnitude, there are no words that can heal, nor explanations that can serve to make sense of them to the public.”
Union Police Director Christopher Donnelly described the incident as deeply tragic and one that has shaken the community to its core. Donnelly extended heartfelt sympathies to the families and loved ones of the victims.
This heartbreaking murder-suicide serves as a poignant reminder of the need for greater awareness and support for those struggling with financial and emotional challenges. The loss experienced by the Alarcon family is a devastating reminder of the profound impact these issues can have on individuals and their loved ones.
It is crucial that communities come together to provide resources and assistance to those facing financial hardship and mental health struggles. By doing so, we can work towards preventing such senseless acts of violence and offering support to those in need.