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Father beat his 22-year-old daughter to death with a baseball bat before shooting himself dead 

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A New Jersey man accused of brutally beating his own daughter to death with a baseball bat has been found dead in an apparent suicide.

US marshals and local law enforcement were searching for Gregory Kelemen after he allegedly struck his daughter Katherine with the bat multiple times, resulting in her death.

He was facing a first-degree murder charge.

According to Camden County prosecutors, police found the 22-year-old clinging to life inside her bedroom in her parents’ Voorhees home on Monday morning. 

Katherine was rushed to hospital with blunt force trauma injuries. Despite doctors’ best attempts she was declared her dead shortly afterwards. 

A New Jersey man accused of brutally beating his own daughter to death with a baseball bat has been found dead in an apparent suicide. Pictured: Victim Katherine Kelemen

A New Jersey man accused of brutally beating his own daughter to death with a baseball bat has been found dead in an apparent suicide. Pictured: Victim Katherine Kelemen

Officers also found Kelemen’s wife Sheri in the same room suffering from severe injuries.

After continuing to search, Voorhees Township Police on Tuesday confirmed that they had found Kelemen dead in the woods not far from the home.

He had died from what appears to be a self-inflicted gunshot wound, according to reports.

In a statement, authorities said that Katherine’s 57-year-old father attacked her and his wife with a baseball bat before fleeing their home.

Court papers show Sheri was sleeping and was ‘awakened by her husband Gregory Kelemen, when he began striking her with the baseball bat’, according to CBS Local.

US marshals and local law enforcement were searching for Gregory Kelemen after he allegedly struck his daughter Katherine with the bat multiple times, resulting in her death. He was found dead in nearby woods on Tuesday

US marshals and local law enforcement were searching for Gregory Kelemen after he allegedly struck his daughter Katherine with the bat multiple times, resulting in her death. He was found dead in nearby woods on Tuesday

According to Camden County prosecutors, police found the 22-year-old clinging to life inside her bedroom in her parents' Voorhees home on Monday morning

According to Camden County prosecutors, police found the 22-year-old clinging to life inside her bedroom in her parents’ Voorhees home on Monday morning

At one point during the assault, the attacker cried out, ‘I can’t take it anymore,’ according to the affidavit.

Sheri was able to call 911 with officers rushing to the scene. 

The US Marshal service and local police immediately started a search, which took two days before Kelemen’s body was discovered.

Sheri Kelemen remains in critical but stable condition, according to the hospital where she is being treated. 

Neighbor Tony Mascino said of the incident: ‘They’re a nice family. You don’t expect that to happen, especially when you know them your whole life. It’s very tragic, very heartbreaking.’ 

Friends of Katherine paid tribute to the Temple University senior, who was set to graduate in May. 

One friend, named Darius West, called her ‘a wonderful soul’ that ‘has been robbed from us too soon.’

Another, Danielle Smith, called Katherine ‘an amazing young woman,’ and wrote that she felt ‘so lucky to have gotten to share my childhood with you.’

Neighbor Tony Mascino said of the incident: 'They’re a nice family. You don’t expect that to happen, especially when you know them your whole life. It’s very tragic, very heartbreaking.' Pictured: Katherine Kelemen

Neighbor Tony Mascino said of the incident: ‘They’re a nice family. You don’t expect that to happen, especially when you know them your whole life. It’s very tragic, very heartbreaking.’ Pictured: Katherine Kelemen

The university said in a statement: ‘Our Temple University family is stunned and deeply saddened to learn about the death of Katherine Kelemen, 22, a junior in the College of Liberal Arts, following an attack at her family’s home in Voorhees Township, New Jersey.

‘We extend our thoughts and deepest sympathies to those who are closest to Katherine and Sheri, especially their family, friends, faculty, colleagues and classmates.’

In a joint statement, Acting Camden County Prosecutor Jill S. Mayer and Voorhees Township Police Chief Louis Bordi reported that Kelemen had been found dead.

‘Voorhees Township Police found the body of Gregory Kelemen, 57, at approximately 11:30 a.m. on Tuesday in a wooded area adjacent to the 300 block of Preston Avenue, with what appears to be a self-inflicted gun-shot wound.

‘Kelemen had been sought by the U.S. Marshals Service and local authorities for the alleged murder of 22-year-old Katherine Kelemen, and the alleged attempted murder of Sheri Kelemen.

‘Both victims were found by Voorhees Township Police inside of a residence on the 100 block of Round Hill Road on Monday morning after receiving a 911 call from the home. Both were suffering from injuries associated with blunt force trauma.

‘Katherine Kelemen was transported to an area hospital where she died a short time later. Sheri Kelemen is currently listed as critical but stable according to the hospital where she is being treated.

‘All persons charged with crimes are presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.’

If you have been affected by this story in the UK, you can call the Samaritans on 116 123 or visit www.samaritans.org.

If you are in the States please contact Mental Health America on 1-800-273-TALK (8255) to reach a 24-hour crisis hotline.



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