However two days earlier than Thanksgiving, a horrific chain of occasions would endlessly tear them aside. Much more horrific is the id of the alleged perpetrator of these occasions.
Paul Caneiro, 51, is accused of killing his youthful brother, his sister-in-law and their youngsters of their trendy Colts Neck Township mansion within the early morning darkness on November 20 after which setting their house on hearth — an try, authorities say, to cowl up the crimes.
He then allegedly set his own residence on hearth — along with his spouse and daughters inside — to attempt to make it look as if the entire household was being focused. His household received out of the house safely, officers stated.
The slayings have shocked the neighborhood and several other twists within the case have rattled legislation enforcement. In only a few days, the odd coincidence — two fires on the identical day within the houses of two brothers — revealed what prosecutors stated was some of the brutal crimes they’d ever seen.
Pals and family members will give Keith Caneiro and his household a remaining farewell on Sunday, as Paul Caneiro, who maintains his innocence, sits in a Monmouth County jail, awaiting trial.
Household of 4 was killed earlier than dawn
Someday between midnight and 5 a.m., authorities stated, Paul Caneiro was strolling round his brother’s $1.5 million Colts Neck house armed with a knife and a gun.
The brothers had been in entrance of the white mansion when a lethal confrontation unfolded. Paul fired a number of photographs, hanging Keith, officers say.
It is unclear in the event that they exchanged phrases or had a combat, however the sound of the gunshots apparently went unnoticed on this upscale city of about 10,000 folks round 50 miles south of New York.
Paul then walked inside the house and located Keith’s spouse, Jennifer. He shot and stabbed her and in addition stabbed their youngsters, Jesse, 11, and Sophia, 8, Monmouth County Prosecutor Christopher Gramiccioni stated.
He then took some paperwork and set a hearth within the basement, officers stated.
Suspect set his own residence on hearth
By 5 a.m., firefighters and police have been on their approach to Paul’s house. Somebody had known as 911, saying they’d seen smoke.
When first responders arrived, Paul, his spouse and their daughters have been already exterior. They have been unhurt.
A hearth was burning behind the residence and a smaller hearth was situated close to the storage door.
Paul Caneiro put his household in peril, Gramiccioni stated, when he tried to destroy the proof he introduced with him from his brother’s house and tried to make it look like each households have been being focused.
Paul’s legal professional, Robert A. Honecker, stated Paul helped his household evacuate after a hearth broke out at their house and waited with them till police and firefighters arrived.
Hours later, the household went to the city’s police headquarters, the place all of them have been questioned. Paul would stay there for the subsequent 12 hours till he was arrested round midnight.
Killings have been hidden by flames
Again on the Colts Neck mansion, a hearth was rising hotter and warmer, scorching the rooms of the greater than 5,700-square-foot house.
It was a traditional day on quiet Willow Brook Street, the place Keith’s mansion stood out from the others due to its trendy structure. Because the solar rose, youngsters took off on buses for the final full day of courses earlier than Thanksgiving, and adults started commuting to work.
When firefighters arrived, they made a grotesque discovery. Keith was lifeless in entrance of the house, whereas the our bodies of the remainder of the household have been severely burned inside.
Plumes of smoke poured out of the house as hearth crews saturated the construction and the garden round it. They would not put down the fireplace till a couple of day later, and so they would not let investigators inside, fearing — amongst different security issues — that the roof might collapse.
Inside hours, investigators introduced the household had been focused and have been victims of murder.
Paul Caneiro sat in jail, accused of setting his own residence on hearth. And suspicions have been growing that he was concerned within the deaths of his brother and his household.
Greater than every week later, Paul was accused of the killings. He now faces 4 counts of homicide, two counts of aggravated arson and two firearm violations, information present.
If convicted, he could possibly be sentenced to life in jail.
Prosecutors have stated he acted alone and haven’t any cause to consider that organized crime was concerned.
Cash broke their ‘finest buddies’ relationship
The troubles between the Caneiro brothers might have concerned cash.
They labored collectively for 3 many years, after Keith based a expertise consulting firm and introduced Paul on as his first worker.
The corporate gave the impression to be very profitable, including Wall Road names resembling Citigroup and JPMorgan Chase to their shoppers checklist via the years.
One other signal of their partnership was the corporate’s title, Jay-Martin Consulting, which mixed the brothers’ center names. Later, they might rename the agency Sq. One.
Earlier than the killings, the Caneiros had been working the tech agency alongside a pest management firm out of a brick constructing on a principal street in Asbury Park, in accordance with the town’s public information.
The motive within the killings was monetary, prosecutors say, and stemmed from the brothers’ joint enterprise ventures. Authorities haven’t mentioned any extra particulars in regards to the motive however have stated investigators have launched an investigation into the Caneiro’s enterprise dealings.
Paul Caneiro’s attorneys, Robert Honecker and Mitchell Ansell, stated their shopper was wrongfully accused and that he “had completely nothing to do with these horrific crimes.”
“Paul’s household means extra to him than the rest on the planet,” they stated in a press release.
“There’s completely no cause on the planet for Paul Caneiro to have dedicated the crimes he’s alleged to have dedicated. He would by no means harm any member of his household. The method in the present day can start for a seek for the reality and who dedicated these horrendous acts.”
The brothers not solely labored collectively, the attorneys stated, they thought-about themselves finest buddies and have been one another’s finest man at their weddings.
A loving household led by a tech businessman
Candles, images and flowers have slowly stuffed the steps of the Colts Neck City Corridor to mourn a loving household who loved touring to Greece and exercising collectively.
Keith wished to maintain growing his profession and had simply earned a grasp’s diploma in expertise administration from Columbia College in New York.
In his thesis, he targeted on expertise that would “clear up world starvation by matching extra meals with hungry folks,” he wrote in his LinkedIn profile.
“In the event you educated within the morning right here you knew Keith. He had that manner about him. Keith was an ‘thought’ man and I believe it is why him and I received alongside so properly,” Bott wrote. “We might speak about enterprise, music, films, or something actually, however I sincerely loved my conversations with him and the best way they might problem me intellectually.”
A video posted on the gymnasium’s Fb web page reveals Caneiro doing push-ups whereas his younger daughter helps out, offering slightly further weight on his again.
Keith was additionally an avid reader, studying a number of books in every week, and liked sports activities.
She was a graduate of the College of Albany and a member of the parent-teacher group at her youngsters’s faculty. She loved internet hosting household events “for each vacation at her house.”
The couple’s daughter, Sophia, was a third-grader and a Woman Scout who liked Ninja courses. She loved baking cookies, ice skating, gymnastics and the New York Yankees.
Greater than every week after the household was discovered lifeless, their house was boarded up and kids’s drawings with smiley faces and rainbows held on a wire fence positioned exterior.
“Eternally in our hearts,” a baby wrote in a tribute for them.
CNN’s Augusta Anthony, Evan Simko-Bednarski, Eric Levenson and Chuck Johnston contributed to this report.