Dear HBA-NJ Familia,
As many of you know, our beloved Judge Esther Salas suffered a horrific tragedy last night that we cannot even begin to comprehend. Her husband, Mark Anderl, and her son, Danny, were both shot by a gunman who remains at large. Tragically, Danny did not make it and Mark remains in critical, but stable, condition after suffering multiple gunshot wounds. Judge Salas was not injured. We ask that you please keep Judge Salas, Mark and Danny in your thoughts and prayers.
Words cannot begin to express the depth of our sorrow and pain for Judge Salas and her entire family. Judge Salas is not only a Past-President, but most importantly, she is a mentor, a friend and our family. Family is everything to Judge Salas and we know just how proud her and Mark are and will always be of Danny – a bright, dynamic young man with a zest and passion for life. We pray that the gunman is promptly located, apprehended and brought to justice, so that Judge Salas and her entire family can begin to heal from this horrendous crime. If you or anyone you know has relevant information, you are urged to contact the Newark FBI at 973-792-3001.
We appreciate the outpouring of love and support received from our HBA-NJ familia and community. Judge Salas is currently surrounded by her family and closest friends and we ask that you please respect her and her family’s privacy during this unimaginable time, as she focuses on Mark’s recovery and tries to heal from this devastating loss.
As we learn more information, we will share what we can with our HBA-NJ community. In the meantime, we ask that you please keep Judge Salas, Mark and the entire family in your prayers.
With love, sympathy and prayers,
Melinda Colon Cox