SULLIVAN COUNTY, NY -- An "anti-feminist" attorney found dead in New York’s Catskills on Monday is believed to have been the shooter of Federal Judge Esther Salas’ husband and son in North Brunswick Sunday evening, according to multiple published reports. A package or envelope addressed to Judge Salas was found near the man’s body, several outlets, including the New York Post, reported.
The man, identified as Manhattan lawyer Roy Den Hollander, died from an apparently self-inflicted gunshot wound, police sources told reporters. Hollander had a case pending before Judge Salas that would challenge the U.S. military’s male-only draft policy.
Authorities believe Hollander dressed as a Federal Express deliveryman and went to Judge Salas's home in North Brunswick around 5 p.m. Sunday and shot her son, Dan Anderl, 20, when he opened the door. The assailant also shot Salas’ husband, attorney Mark Anderl, 63, who is recovering at Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital in New Brunswick. Judge Salas was not injured in the attack and is believed to have been in the basement when the doorbell rang, according to multiple reports.
Catholic University held a virtual church service Monday in memory of Dan, a rising junior at the school. The university tweeted: Residence Life is mourning the loss of Daniel Anderl. He and his loved ones are in our thoughts and prayers. Please do not hesitate to reach out to us if you need someone to talk to. DM us, and we will reach back out.
Saint Joseph High School (Metuchen) honored Anderl, a 2018 graduate, on its Facebook page.
It is with the utmost sadness that we inform you that Dan Anderl '18 was taken from us last night. Dan was a true friend, a proud Falcon, and an overall wonderful human being. He will be truly missed. We pray for Dan's family and friends during this unbelievably difficult time -- please know, we are mourning with you. - Saint Joseph High School (Metuchen)
The National President of the Hispanic National Bar Association (HNBA) also issued a statement.
“The HNBA family was heartbroken last night to hear of the horrible tragedy that has befallen our sister Judge Esther Salas,” said National President of the Hispanic National Bar Association national president Irene Oria. “In her various roles including federal judge, public servant, and bar leader, she 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. We pray for her, her husband and her son."
Judge Salas is a past president of the Hispanic Bar Association of New Jersey and the recipient of the HNBA’s 2016 Latina Judge of the Year Award. She is the first Hispanic woman to serve as a United States District Judge in the District of New Jersey.