WASHINGTON (WJZ) — Hundreds of people took part in a virtual church service Monday in memory of a 20-year-old college student who was killed in an ambush on his family in New Jersey over the weekend.
Daniel Anderl, 20, died in an attack at his family’s home in North Brunswick, New Jersey, on Sunday, CBS New York reports. His father Mark Anderl remains in critical condition.
Sources told CBS New York the suspect, 72-year-old Roy Den Hollander, died from an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound. He was an attorney who had a case before Anderl’s mother, federal judge Esther Salas, in court in 2015.
Anderl was a rising junior at The Catholic University of America in Washington, D.C. The university said he turned 20 last week.
At the virtual mass, nearly 300 people prayed for Anderl, his father’s recovery and for mercy for the alleged shooter. Some held back tears.
“Although we may never understand why this tragedy has happened, why a man picks up a gun and kills another human being, we know… that our redeemer lives and on the last day we too shall rise from the earth,” Fr. Jude DeAngelo said.
“We will honor Daniel by imitating his love, his belief in Christ Jesus,” he added.
In a statement, the university said counseling and ministry services are available to those who need support.
“We all mourn and grieve this loss to our University community,” the statement reads. “Our deepest condolences go out to Daniel’s parents, Esther Salas and Mark Anderl. We pray too for Daniel’s father, who was also shot and is in the hospital.”
The university’s residence life department called Anderl “a great person, son, student, resident and friend.”
Residence Life is mourning the lost 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. pic.twitter.com/uwlKycMZ5B
— Catholic U. Residence Life (@LivingCatholicU) July 20, 2020
University President John Garvey wrote on Twitter he was “shocked” by Anderl’s death.
Dear Members of the University Community,
I was shocked last night to hear news of Daniel Anderl’s tragic death Sunday evening in New Jersey. Daniel was a rising junior, enrolled for classes beginning in the next few weeks. He turned 20 last week.https://t.co/NtEfxrGoxl
— Catholic University President (@CatholicPres) July 20, 2020
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