The only child of U.S. District Judge, Esther Salas, was killed this past Sunday while visiting his parents’ New Brunswick home. Daniel Anderl, who had just turned 20, was a student at Catholic University in Washington D.C. According to his friends, Daniel was looking forward to following in his parents’ footsteps as he pursued his education and career.
On Sunday evening around 5:00pm, Daniel opened the front door of his parents’ house to a man dressed in a FedEx uniform. At the original time of publication, the FBI was looking into whether or not the man was an employee of the delivery company or an imposter, however, it has been confirmed that the shooter, Roy Den Hollander, was, indeed, disguised as a FedEx employee at the time of the attack. Reports show that he had previously donned the same gimmick in an attempt to talk to a young girl.
Daniel’s father, Mark Anderl, 63, was standing behind his son as he opened the door. According to reports, Daniel was shot directly in the heart; Mark was also injured in the attack and is currently in stable condition, according to his co-workers. Judge Salas was not injured in the attack as she was reportedly in the basement at the time of the shooting.
Shortly after the shooting, a full investigation into what happened was launched. Less than 24 hours later, the body of Roy Den Hollander was found in the Catskills. He reportedly died of self-inflicted gunshot wounds. A package addressed to Judge Salas was discovered near his body.
Connection Between the Two
While the FBI said that they did not receive notifications of any possible threats toward the Salas-Anderl family, there is a connection between Judge Salas and Roy Den Hollander. Back in 2015, Judge Salas presided over a case of his involving “gender inequity.” The lawsuit, brought forth by a then 21-year old New Jersey resident, claimed that military draft shouldn’t be exclusive to men. Den Hollander reportedly excused himself from the case in June of 2019 claiming that he was terminally ill.
Den Hollander had earned himself the reputation of being an advocate for “men's rights.” He was a self-proclaimed “anti-feminist” lawyer and routinely tried to challenge the constitutionality of the popular “ladies night” promotion at various nightclubs and bars across the state.
Originally born in Los Angeles, California, Judge Salas spent the majority of her life in New Jersey. She has been the president of various notable organizations including the Hispanic Bar Foundation of New Jersey and the Hispanic Bar Association of New Jersey. In addition to her former roles, Judge Salas has remained active within her community. Irene Oria, the current national president of the Hispanic National Bar Association said that Judge Salas “has been and continues to be a courageous community leader and trailblazer, and also serves as a role model and mentor for countless young attorneys.”
Judge Salas has presided over several high-profile cases, most notably that of Real Housewives of New Jersey cast members, Joe and Teresa Giudice who she sentenced back in 2014 for tax evasion and bankruptcy fraud. She also handled the 2018 sentencing of Farad Roland who was the leader of the South Side Cartel - one of Newark’s most violent street gangs. Recently, she was appointed to a class action lawsuit brought against Deutsche Bank whose investors allege that the bank "failed to properly monitor customers that the Bank itself deemed to be high risk, including, among others, the convicted sex offender Jeffrey Epstein.”
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