Around 5 a.m. on July 29, Kimberly Hoffman, 49, called 911 to report someone was trying to break into her apartment in Little Egg Harbor, the Ocean County Prosecutor’s Office announced.
Officers then found the bullet-riddled body of her dog, as well as that of her ex-husband, 52-year-old Carl Schulz Jr., who was still conscious.
Schulz was transported to a local hospital, where he would later die, prosecutors said.
Officials said an investigation revealed that Schulz came into the apartment and shot Hoffman and her dog before turning the gun on himself.
- Tupac Shakur Murder Solved? Arrest Announced in Connection with 1996 Shooting Death of Rap Icon in Las Vegas
- A Georgia Coed Was Raped and Murdered in Her College Apartment in 1992. Her Killer Remains Free.
- Alaskan Misadventure: 8 People Were Murdered Aboard a Fishing Ship. Though It's the State's Most Infamous Mass Killing, It's Also Unsolved.
Hoffman, a mother of two sons, was the director of admissions at a nursing home in Little Egg Harbor, WKXW-FM reported.
A GoFundMe was created to help support her two children. The organizer said, “Kim’s life was tragically cut short, leaving behind her children who now face a future without their beloved mother. The pain of her loss is immeasurable, and we are all devastated by this senseless act of violence. Our hearts ache for her children, and we want to do everything we can to ease their burden during this difficult time.”
Never miss a story — sign up for the Front Page Detectives newsletter. Be on the scene the moment news breaks.
The motive for the shocking murder-suicide was not immediately available, police said.
The investigation is still ongoing.
Become a Front Page Detective
Sign up to receive breaking
Front Page Detectives
news and exclusive investigations.