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Mother’s Ex Kills 2 Sisters, Police Say

November 10, 2006

STAFFORD, N.J. (AP) _ A man shot and killed his ex-girlfriend’s two daughters on Thursday and then killed himself, authorities said.

William Cordes Jr., 52, shot Melissa Veitch, 21, and Jessica Veitch, 15, once each in the torso as they got out of their car when they returned home from a convenience store around 11:30 a.m., authorities said.

Neighbors in this Jersey Shore town called police after hearing screams and gunshots. By the time police arrived, Cordes had gone inside the home and killed himself. He was found dead on a sofa.

The victims’ mother, Dorea Veitch, learned about the killings as she headed home around 1 p.m., police said.

The Ocean County prosecutor’s office identified Cordes as a former boyfriend of the mother.

Authorities said they did not yet have a motive. Autopsies were to be conducted Friday.

Stafford is about 40 miles north of Atlantic City.