COLTS NECK, N.J. – When a landscaper alerted Boris Volshteyn to smoke pouring out of a close-by mansion, the plastic surgeon hurried residence and located his pal and neighbor mendacity face down out entrance. His first thought was to strive CPR, however it was no use.
Keith Caneiro, a 50-year-old expertise government, had been shot within the head.
Hopes that Caneiro’s spouse and two younger youngsters weren’t inside because the inferno raged from early afternoon the Tuesday earlier than Thanksgiving till a minimum of midnight have been dashed after they failed to show up elsewhere. Buddies who had gathered exterior referred to as the youngsters’s college and Jennifer Caneiro’s cellphone.
“When the youngsters weren’t in class, and Jennifer was not answering, all of it turned a grim image,” Volshteyn instructed The Related Press on Tuesday. “To the final minute, all of the neighbors have been hoping that the youngsters have been spared.”
As they puzzled over the weird crime in pastoral Colts Neck, a rich enclave for horse breeders, hedge fund managers and celebrities close to the northern New Jersey coast, Caneiro’s enterprise associate and brother, Paul, was charged with setting his circle of relatives residence on hearth earlier the identical day.
However nobody has been charged but within the Colts Neck slayings, Paul Caneiro was seen elsewhere throughout the hearth there, and authorities haven’t mentioned how the opposite members of the family died.
“We’ve got a whole lot of jittery people who have questions that we do not have solutions to,” mentioned Mayor J.P. Bartolomeo, who nonetheless mentioned that he believes the crime was an remoted one and that the neighborhood is secure.
Paul Caneiro, 51, who stays in custody, had a detention listening to moved from Wednesday to Friday so his lawyer can assessment new proof from prosecutors. His spouse and younger grownup daughters could testify, to say he saved them from the 5 a.m. hearth by awakening them, lawyer Robert A. Honecker Jr. mentioned.
“His household is supportive of him and needs to see him come residence,” mentioned Honecker, a former prosecutor in Monmouth County. “He is been dwelling in that home for over 20 years. He is received two companies that have to be run. And he is received no prior file.”
Police say Paul Caneiro used gasoline to gasoline the fireplace at his two-story Colonial in Ocean Township, about 10 miles from his brother’s jarringly trendy, all-white $1.5 million residence in Colts Neck, which sits subsequent to a small natural farm with sheep dotting the pasture.
Paul Caneiro was seen exterior his personal burning residence along with his household all through that morning, visibly upset. Honecker mentioned he went from there to the police station for an interview round midday and was there when he realized his brother’s household had been killed.
“He is by no means been charged with something in Colts Neck,” Honecker mentioned. “He’s clearly nonetheless devastated by the information of his brother and his household’s deaths.”
Paul and Keith Caneiro have been the principals in two companies, a pc techniques firm referred to as Sq. One and a pest management enterprise, each housed above a stylish cafe in Asbury Park. Staff within the space often noticed Paul Caneiro there. Keith Caneiro typically labored from residence, Volshteyn mentioned.
Keith Caneiro, the center of three brothers, gave the impression to be the image of a self-made man. He took courses at Brooklyn Faculty after highschool and labored without spending a dime at a pc retailer to study the ropes, in response to a 2001 article on Sq. One within the Asbury Park Press, through which Carneiro recognized himself as Keith Martin.
The corporate, then referred to as Jay-Martin Consulting after the brothers’ center names, had 26 staff on the time and put in pc techniques for Citibank and interactive kiosks on the Statute of Liberty. Paul was his brother’s first rent.
The corporate, and the brothers, moved from Brooklyn to the quieter New Jersey suburbs because the brothers married and had youngsters. Obituaries describe Keith’s youngsters as 11-year-old Jesse, who appreciated World Warfare I and II historical past, video video games and sports activities, and Eight-year-old Sophia, who liked ice skating, ninja courses and making cookies together with her nanny. Funeral providers for the household are deliberate Sunday.
In recent times, Keith Caneiro had earned a bachelor’s from Columbia College’s normal research program and, simply this yr, a grasp’s diploma from its Faculty of Skilled Research.
Jennifer Caneiro, 45, was energetic at her youngsters’s college. She additionally loved exercising, going to the seaside and journeys to a household residence in Greece, her obituary mentioned. She and Keith additionally took frequent journeys to Atlantic Metropolis, Volshteyn mentioned.
Members of the family, together with a 3rd brother, have declined to talk to The Related Press this month. Prosecutors mentioned at an early information convention that the Colts Neck slayings have been “focused.” They plan a information convention Thursday on the mansion hearth.
Celebrities with ties to Colts Neck embrace Bruce Springsteen, who owns an property there; former “Day by day Present” host Jon Stewart and his spouse, who function an animal sanctuary; and Queen Latifah, who bought her mansion in 2015.
Christine Conroy, a longtime native who was out together with her sister Tuesday at close by Stonehenge Stables, mentioned a number of the new houses on the town sit empty as a result of “folks mysteriously go bust.”
“There is a little bit of a tradition conflict,” she mentioned, between outdated and new residents.
Volshteyn described his neighbors as largely non-public folks. Though they have been pleasant, and their daughters performed collectively, he by no means knew Keith had a brother.
The Caneiro residence now sits boarded up, with a chain-link fence round it and police tape on the bottom.
“It is a bit of bit arduous to come back residence and drive previous the home. It is a reminder of what occurred,” Volshteyn mentioned. “And for lots of the youngsters, too, it is arduous to grasp.”