Mother, 2 children murdered after landlord didn’t change locks, lawsuit says

A New Jersey mom “begged” her condo complicated to alter the locks on her door after she was granted a restraining order towards her husband. The complicated failed to satisfy her request and the mom and two kids had been fatally stabbed of their dwelling, a lawsuit filed on the household’s behalf claims.

The mom, Ruth Esther Reyes de Severino, and her kids Eurianny, 5, and Eury, 2, had been killed on Feb. 5, 2020. Police discovered the our bodies within the household’s Penns Grove Gardens condo after they found the stays of Reyes de Severino’s husband, Eugenio Severino, in a close-by park, in line with a lawsuit obtained by NBC Information.

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Eugenio allegedly died by suicide after murdering his household, the go well with claims. The Penns Grove Police Division didn’t instantly return a request for remark Tuesday on the deaths.

The lawsuit, filed in October within the Salem County Superior Court docket, alleges wrongful dying, negligence, breach of contract and negligent hiring. It names as defendants the Penns Grove Gardens, its operator Housing Administration Sources, and Roger J. Gendron, recognized within the go well with as “managing member” of Penns Grove Residences and Penns Grove Gardens.

The condo complicated and its operator didn’t instantly return an NBC Information request for touch upon Tuesday. Gendron couldn’t be reached at telephone numbers listed for him.

NJ.com was first to report on the go well with.

In January 2020, simply weeks earlier than the slayings, Reyes de Severino was granted a restraining order towards her husband, ousting him from their Salem County condo. The go well with alleges that Eugenio Severino had threatened to kill his spouse on quite a few events.

Reyes de Severino knowledgeable the condo complicated in regards to the restraining order and requested for her locks to be modified as a result of her husband nonetheless had a set of keys.

“Ruth Reyes de Severino requested, nay, begged, Defendant Landlord Penns Grove Residences LLC … to alter the locks on the door to her condo such that her husband couldn’t acquire entry,” the lawsuit states.

“Regardless of Tenant’s worry for her personal security and safety, in addition to the security and safety of her two babies … Defendant Landlord denied Tenant’s request to alter the locks.”

On the day of the murders, Eugenio Severino used his keys to enter the condo and fatally stab his spouse and youngsters, in line with the lawsuit.

Reyes de Severino had made at the very least 5 in-person requests for the locks of her condo to be modified, stated legal professional Samuel D. Jackson, who’s representing her property. She had additionally instructed the complicated that her husband had posed a hazard to her and her kids, he stated.

“Ladies and their kids mustn’t must worry for his or her lives —or lose them — as a result of their landlords and the events they contract with fail to maintain these ladies and youngsters secure,” Jackson stated in a press release Tuesday.

The go well with additionally claims that the condo complicated did not comply with a Penns Grove ordinance that was created in response to the 2019 capturing dying of Tayshon Hayward on the similar property.

The ordinance said that each one condo complexes within the municipality needed to set up exterior safety cameras and lighting to enhance security.

“The defendants right here didn’t hassle to comply with a regulation that was handed to deal with their very own dangerous habits after another person misplaced their life in comparable circumstances at their property lower than a yr earlier than,” Jackson stated.

“The predictable consequence was an excellent worse tragedy. We hope this lawsuit sends shockwaves by way of the New Jersey landlord neighborhood and makes landlords understand the well being and security of their tenants ought to trump all different concerns — particularly earnings.”

Reyes de Severino’s property is in search of compensatory and punitive damages in addition to different charges.