A federal judge whose son was fatally shot by a disgruntled anti-feminist attorney has spoken out about the shocking tragedy that killed her son this summer.
As the New York Post reports, New Jersey federal Judge Esther Salas appeared on “Good Morning America” on Tuesday to talk about the fatal shooting at the hands of a Manhattan lawyer who had once appeared before her, and who was later found shot to death in an apparent suicide.
Salas said on the talk show that she had very limited interactions with Roy Den Hollander, who had written anti-feminist rantings on his blog and identified himself as a men’s rights activit.
“[He] hated me because I was a woman. He hated me because I was Latina,” Salas said. “That was the source of hate. That was what I had done. I had the nerve to become a judge.”
Salas, her husband Mark Anderl, and their 20-year-old son Daniel Anderl were all at their New Brunswick home on July 19 — after spending the weekend celebrating Daniel’s birthday — when the suspect, wearing a FedEx uniform, rang the doorbell. Salas and her son were on a lower level of the home and Mark was elsewhere in the house when the killer in disguise arrived.
“Before I could tell him, ‘Let Dad handle it,’ he shot up the stairs. And the next thing I hear is, BOOM,” Salas said on the show.
“Then I hear, ‘No!’ And then I hear a series of bullets … I remember running upstairs and it was so loud. I almost thought it was like mini-bombs or something,”
Salas said her son was lying near the door, holding his hand to his chest. Her husband was also shot, and crawled injured to the porch in an attempt to get the shooter’s license plate number.
” .. at some point Mark was screaming, ‘Call 911!’ and I tried to do that,” she said.
“And I lifted his shirt and I saw the bullet hole. And Mark managed to crawl back, and we were both just watching him fade away …”
Salas said both she and her husband are struggling with the grief of losing their beloved son. But the judge says she has decided to forgive the killer and plans to return to work.
“This man took the most important thing in my life,” Salas said. “I can’t let him take anything else.”
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