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Ex-Cop, Wife Shot Dead Inside Parsippany Home

Chester and Rosaria Andraka, both FDU employees, found Monday morning.

A husband and wife were found shot to death in their Parsippany home Monday morning, the Morris County Prosecutor's Office said.

Chester Andraka, 46, and his wife, Rosaria Andraka, 43, were each found shot to death in their Medford Road home Monday at about 10 a.m., according to a statement released by Acting Morris County Prosecutor Fredric Knapp.

Chester Andraka, who worked at Novartis Pharmaceuticals Corp. and taught at Fairleigh Dickinson University, was a former Det./Sgt. with the Caldwell and Essex County police departments, according to his LinkedIn profile.

Andraka was a part-time adjunct instructor at FDU, according to the university.

Rosaria Andraka was also employed at FDU as an advisor and the honors program administrator, according to her LinkedIn profile.

"The University is shocked and saddened to learn of the tragic death of two employees, which happened off campus earlier today," according to a statement released by FDU. "The University is cooperating with local authorities. As this is a matter under police investigation, we ask members of the media to direct all questions to the Morris County Prosecutor’s office."

Caldwell Police declined to comment on Andraka's time on the borough's police force, but did confirm he retired from the department as a detective/sergeant in November 2009. 

Andraka joined the department in 1991 and retired with an annual pension of $67,015.32, according to a 2011 report from the Police and Firemen's Retirement System (PFRS). 

North Caldwell Police Chief Mark Deuer, who knew Andraka and his wife, said Monday night he was shocked to hear the news of their deaths.

"All I can say is good things about Chet," Deuer said. "I’ve known him for many years. He was nothing but professional—nice, friendly, outgoing."

Andraka joined Novatris in 2012 after working as a contractor for the East Hanover company for two years, a spokesman told NJ.com.

In a Jan. 10 post below a photo of the couple, Chester Andraka wrote on his Facebook page, "my is wife simply gorgeous, more beautiful now than the day I met her."

Parsippany Police officers made the discovery during a welfare check after Chester Andraka did not arrive at work Monday morning, Knapp said.

When officers arrived at the home, the doors were locked but a body on a couch was seen through a window, Knapp said. Police broke open the door and found the bodies in the family room, Knapp said. The couple each sustained a gunshot wound, Knapp said.

The investigation remains ongoing and no further information was immediately available.

Medford Road was shut down Monday afternoon at the corner of Brooklawn Drive, not far from Route 202 as multiple agencies investigated the shooting.

According to Parsippany Officer Earl Kinsey, a spokesman for the department, authorities are "not looking for a suspect and there is no danger to the public."

Patch will continue to update this story.

Natalie Davis February 04, 2013 at 12:35 AM
FYI, this is the first of many stories about the trafic incident. This one dates from before the police ruled it murder-suicide.
Jamie McManus February 04, 2013 at 09:07 PM
Seriously two children are left without their parents now and they must try to cope with this tragedy. Have some human compassion and pray for them and the families of both Chester and Rosaria.
Dory Degen February 06, 2013 at 04:28 AM
People are angry and it is a normal reaction to violence against another woman in our community. It isn't disrespect to express anger at the man that killed his wife. You don't think that is part of the family's mixed feelings right now? Domestic Violence is not something to sweep under the rug with "proper condolences." I am angry for the family who now has to deal with how to come to terms with this man that shot his wife and killed her. The fact that they [perhaps] loved him too just provides even more confusion. But doesn't make this somehow "their problem as a couple." It is outrageous and so heartbreaking. He did such damage to so many people. Had he not killed himself he'd be in jail right now awaiting muder charges, and everyone would be angry at him. This is not disrespect it is a normal reaction to a tragic story. And unfortunatly another story of domestic violence against a woman who was beloved by many. Rest in peace Rose. May your family find peace and eventual forgiveness.
Paul Down Road February 07, 2013 at 04:31 PM
Very well said Dory. There seems to be unprecedented demand for "respect" for a murderer. I don't know if this is because the man is a cop or not. This is not supposed to be a page where we only offer condolences to the family. This is where events are reported and the facts are discussed and yes some people's anger may come out. Its an absolute tragedy. But it wasn't an accident. There is one man that is responsible and it is perfectly natural to be angry about it.
Elinor Lancour February 08, 2013 at 04:38 PM
I feel this is a terrible tragedy. I am wondering why no one commented on how much they loved each other. They were all about how much he loved her.


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