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Brother of teen accused of slaughtering family pens tribute to parents, sister

Brother of teen accused of slaughtering family pens tribute to parents, sister

Police say the teen, armed with a semi-automatic rifle, killed his parents, Steven and Linda Kologi; 18-year-sister Britanny Kologi; and Mary Schultz, a 70-year-old family friend who lived with them in Long Branch, NJ.com reports.

A teenage boy in the U.S. state of New Jersey was in police custody Monday after being accused of gunning down his family on New Year's Eve with a semiautomatic rifle, authorities said.

Police responded just before midnight on Sunday to a 911 call about shots fired on Wall Street in Long Branch. The suspect's brother and grandfather were also at the home, but were not injured in the shooting.

The Long Branch Police Department and Monmouth County prosecutor posted on their Twitter accounts early Monday that a homicide investigation is underway.

The suspect, who was not identified, was arrested at the home without incident, the statement said. He will also be charged with the posession of a weapon for an unlawful objective, according to the county's prosecutor, Chris Gramiccioni.

Prosecutors did not release a motive for the killings, which the boy carried out with a Century Arms semiautomatic rifle, prosecutors said. "It didn't require any force", Monmouth County Prosecutor Christopher Gramiccioni told reporters on Monday morning, the New York Daily News reported.

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