December 7, 2021

New Jersey Mom and Her 2 Kids Murdered After Landlord Didn’t Change Locks to Apartment

After being granted a restraining order towards her husband, a New Jersey lady “begged” her house advanced to change the locks on her door.

In accordance to a criticism filed on the household’s behalf, the advanced failed to meet her request, and she and her two youngsters had been fatally stabbed of their dwelling.

On February 5, 2020, Ruth Esther Reyes de Severino and her two youngsters, Eurianny, 5, and Eury, 2, had been murdered.

In accordance to the lawsuit obtained by NBC Information, police found the our bodies within the household’s Penns Grove Gardens condominium after discovering the stays of Reyes de Severino’s husband, Eugenio Severino, in a close-by park.

Eugenio Severino allegedly killed himself after murdering his household, in accordance to the lawsuit.

Wrongful demise, carelessness, breach of contract, and negligent hiring are among the many claims made within the criticism, which was filed in Salem County Superior Court docket final month. Penns Grove Gardens, its operator, Housing Administration Assets, and Roger J. Gendron, who’s listed as a “management member” of Penns Grove Flats and Penns Grove Gardens, are named as defendants within the lawsuit.

Reyes de Severino was granted a restraining order towards her husband in January 2020, solely weeks earlier than the slayings, forcing him to go away their house.

Eugenio Severino allegedly threatened to homicide his spouse on a number of events, in accordance to the lawsuit.

Due to her partner nonetheless having a set of keys, Reyes de Severino alerted her house advanced of the restraining order and requested that her locks be modified.

“Ruth Reyes de Severino asked, begged, Defendant Landlord Penns Grove Apartments LLC … to change the locks on the door to her apartment such that her husband could not gain entry,” the lawsuit says.

“Despite Tenant’s fear for her own safety and security, as well as the safety and security of her two small children … Defendant Landlord denied Tenant’s request to change the locks,” it says.

Eugenio Severino allegedly used his keys to enter the house on the day of the murders and stabbed his spouse and youngsters.

In accordance to Samuel D. Jackson, a lawyer representing Reyes de Severino’s property, she had made no less than 5 in-person requests for her house’s locks to be modified. He claimed she had additionally informed the advanced that her husband was a menace to her and her youngsters.

“Women and their children should not have to fear for their lives —or lose them — because their landlords and the parties they contract with fail to keep those women and children safe,” Jackson mentioned in an announcement Tuesday.

The lawsuit additionally claims that the house advanced violated a Penns Grove ordinance enacted within the aftermath of Tayshon Hayward’s capturing demise on the similar property in 2019.

To extend security, the ordinance required all house complexes within the municipality to set up exterior safety cameras and lights.

“The defendants here didn’t bother to follow a law that was passed to address their own bad behavior after someone else lost their life in similar circumstances at their property less than a year before,” Jackson mentioned.

“The predictable result was an even worse tragedy,” he mentioned. (*2*)

The property of Reyes de Severino is looking for damages, together with compensatory and punitive damages, in addition to different prices.