Covid nurse and two relatives die in tragic 'murder-suicide'

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A nurse who worked on the frontlines during the pandemic, is one of three people who have died in what authorities say may be a double murder-suicide.

On Monday night, just after 6pm in New Jersey, police and fire authorities responded to an incident at a family home.

All three adults were pronounced dead at the scene and WABC reported there are indications the tragedy was a murder-suicide.

The deceased have not been officially identified, however, a GoFundMe account and several local news stations have identified one of the people killed in the fire.

Katherine Guiterrz, 34, has been identified as one of the victims. Source: GoFundMe
Katherine Guiterrz, 34, has been identified as one of the victims. Source: GoFundMe

"My dear friend Pamela, a nurse at HUMC, is mourning the unexpected loss of her immediate family that passed away due to tragic circumstances," the GoFuncMe says. 

"Pamela, her sisters, and her mother are mourning the loss of their sister, father, and brother-in-law."

The GoFundMe named Pamela's sister Katherine Guiterrz as well as including a letter from her sisters.

The sisters described Ms Guiterrz as "smart, gorgeous" with a "beautiful soul".

Katherine Guiterrz worked as a nurse in the ICU with Covid patients. Source: GoFundMe
Katherine Guiterrz worked as a nurse in the ICU with Covid patients. Source: GoFundMe

"My sister was only 34 years old, she was a registered nurse at Hackensack Meridian Health where she made people laugh, made friendships, took care and advocated for her patients," the sisters said.

WABC reported Ms Guiterrz worked in the ICU with Covid-19 patients.

The sisters also said Ms Guiterrz was the "best mother" anyone could ask for, promising to look after her daughter Adrianna who is just four years old.

Katherine Guiterrz leaves behind a four-year-old daughter. Source: GoFundMe
Katherine Guiterrz leaves behind a four-year-old daughter. Source: GoFundMe

"Kat was the best mother anyone could ask for, and as I think about our little Adrianna I know we won't be half as good as she was, but we will sure try to give her everything you stood by," the sisters said.

Ms Guiterrz and her family had moved to the area from Chile, WABC reported and another woman and child who lived at the home were out of the country at the time of the fire.

"Fire and pain is what is left in our family's heart because we, as the four sisters left, lost a sister," the sisters wrote. 

"Our mother with four children lost her husband, our niece who is only four-years-old is now left without a father and a mother [referring to Guiterrz and her husband]."

Readers seeking support and information about suicide prevention can contact Beyond Blue on 1300 22 4636, Lifeline on 13 11 14 or Suicide Call Back Service on 1300 659 467.

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