WATCH: 'My son's death cannot be in vain', Federal Judge Esther Salas speaks out for first time after son killed, husband shot

Kimberly Dole
August 03, 2020 - 7:32 am

NORTH BRUNSWICK, N.J. (1010 WINS) -- Federal Judge Esther Salas on Monday, released an emotional video message depicting the tragic day on July 19th when her son was killed and husband hurt in an apparently targeted shooting in their New Jersey home.

"Two weeks ago, my life changed in an instant, and my family will never be the same," Salas said of the attack which left her son Daniel dead and her husband Mark with multiple gunshot wounds.

"A madman, who I believe was targeting me, because of my position as a federal house, came to our house," she added.

Salas held back tears as she narrated hearing "the sound of bullets" after a "monster, who had a FedEx package in his hand, opened fire."

She said her son Daniel protected his father and took the shooter's first bullet directly to his chest and after describing the shooting attack on her husband, said "my husband is still in the hospital, recovering from multiple surgeries.

"We are living every parent's worst nightmare, making preparations to bury our only child, Daniel," Salas said. "My family has experienced a pain that no one should ever have to endure."

In her statement, Salas called for more privacy for federal judges in the wake of the attack. "We may not be to stop something like this from happening again, but we can make it hard for those who target us, to track us down."

She explained that judges' information is readily available on the internet leaving them vulnerable for attacks. "My son's death cannot be in vain, which is why I am begging those in power to do something to help my brothers and sisters on the bench," Salas said. 

"Let me be clear, and tell you first hand, this is a matter of life and death," she added.


According to federal authorities, Roy Den Hollander, a "men's rights" lawyer and frequent litigant, shot Mark and Daniel Anderl just days after killing another lawyer in California.

Hollander was found dead of an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound in a car in Liberty, New York, with a list of what authorities believe were potential targets, including other judges.

The shootings occurred in North Brunswick at the home of U.S. District Judge Esther Salas, who has been connected high-profile cases involving Jeffrey Epstein and "Real Housewives of New Jersey'' stars Teresa and Joe Giudice.

Salas' husband, Mark Anderl, is a defense lawyer. Their son Daniel, is a student at Catholic University in Washington, D.C. 

The gunman posed in what appeared to be a FedEx uniform and opened fire at the home, according to law enforcement officials.