Colts Neck Vigil

Thomas P. Costello

NJ community holds somber vigil for family ‘targeted’ in deadly fire

November 22, 2018 - 2:29 pm

COLTS NECK, N.J. (1010 WINS) — Hundreds of people turned out in Colts Neck last night at a vigil for the Caneiro family.

Keith, Jennifer and their two young children, an 11-year-old boy and an 8-year-old girl, were found dead in their burned-out home on Tuesday.

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Colts Neck Mayor J.P. Bartolomeo said it was very tough news for the community to take.

“I’d be lying if I stood here and told you this is easy,” he said. “We lost four really nice people from our community who I happen to be friends with; my boys were friends with; a lot of you were friends with. And even if you didn’t know them, I guarantee you passed them.”

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Tanya Breen

 The Monmouth County Prosecutor says Keith Keith Caneiro had been shot, and there are reports his wife and children were stabbed.

Keith Caneiro’s brother and business partner, Paul Caneiro, was arrested and charged with setting fire to his nearby home earlier in the day. He was charged with aggravated arson.

Authorities aren’t ready to say whether the brother is a suspect in the murders.

But Prosecutor Christopher Gramiccioni reassured the public that a killer wasn’t on the loose in the community.

“We believe that this family in some form or fashion was targeted," Gramiccioni said.

Colts Neck is about 50 miles to the south of New York City.