Gregory Kelemen was found dead in a wooded area about a mile from his home in Voorhees, N.J. The man was wanted for allegedly beating his daughter, Katherine Kelemen, to death with a bat. The N.J man was also allegedly wanted for injuring his wife with the same bat.
Kelemen was found with what appeared to be a self-inflicted gunshot wound to the head at around 11:30 a.m. Tuesday morning, according to the Camden County Prosecutor’s Office. Police continue to investigate the crimes and an official cause of death has not been released.
The attack happened at the Kelemens’ home at the 100 block of Round Hill Road in Voorhees. According to Kelemen’s wife, Sheri, she woke up Monday morning when her husband started beating her with a bat.
She claims that her husband was yelling “I can’t take it anymore!” while he was beating her. Sheri was able to crawl away from her attacker and call 911. The N.J. man escaped the home while police were on their way. When police arrived at the home they discovered his silver Toyota RAV4 missing.
Voorhees Township police claim that Gregory Kelemen killed his daughter, Katherine, before turning his anger towards his wife. According to authorities, the N.J. man beat his daughter with the bat while she was still in her bed.
After the attack, Sheri Kelemen crawled into her daughter’s bedroom and found her covered in blood and wasn’t able to wake her up. According to Sheri, her husband typically kept the bat under their bed.
At around 10 a.m. that morning, Gregory Kelemen called his employer and said that he would be late to work because of a family emergency. He never showed up to his job and was then considered a fugitive by the U.S. Marshals Service.
Katherine Kelemen was rushed to Jefferson University Hospital, but she was pronounced dead at the hospital because of her injuries. Sheri Kelemen was taken to a different hospital and is currently listed in critical but stable condition.
Both mother and daughter suffered similar blunt force trauma.
A neighbor of the family and friend of the 22-year-old daughter was shocked to learn about the gruesome crime. Tony Mascino grew up with Katherine and said that he was sad about her loss.
He said, “We used to go to Friendly’s, we used to play soccer together. We used to walk to school together every morning. She would drive me to school sometimes. She’s a great girl. I’m going to miss her very much.”
The 22-year-old girl was a junior at Temple University and was a part of their College of the Liberal Arts. Sheri Kelemen was also an employee of the university, and she worked at the Lewis Katz School of Medicine.
The university issued a statement following the tragic baseball bat attack and said, “We extend our thoughts and deepest sympathies to those who are closest to Katherine and Sheri, especially their family, friends, faculty, colleagues and classmates. We rally around Sheri and hope she will pull through her serious injuries to make a full recovery. This is a senseless tragedy that affects our entire Temple community, and the devastating incident remains under police investigation. Temple University is committed to supporting our community during this challenging time.”
They urged anyone who was deeply effected by Katherine Kelemen’s death or the attack on Sheri Kelemen to reach out to the university’s counseling office.
Police are continuing to investigate both deaths.