"Sometimes he was lucid and sometimes he wasn't," a relative said of Michael Juskin

By Tara Fowler
April 07, 2015 12:15 PM
Tony Kurdzuk/Northjersey.com/AP

A 100-year-old man and his 88-year-old wife were found dead Monday in their Elmwood Park, New Jersey, home in an apparent murder-suicide.

Prosecutors say that Michael Juskin killed his wife, Rosalia, with an ax as she slept, then took his own life with a knife, the Associated Press reports.

Though authorities have yet to establish a motive for the crime, Juskin’s family says he had been suffering from dementia, according to NorthJersey.com.

“Sometimes he was lucid and sometimes he wasn’t,” a relative told the site. However, Bergen County Prosecutor John Molinelli said the pair had a “history of domestic issues,” the AP reports.

Police say the crime likely took place late Sunday evening. The couple’s bodies were discovered by a family member early the next day.

A neighbor, Teresa Communicates, said the elderly couple “kept to themselves.” Juskin “wasn’t the type to converse,” she added, but she never suspected he’d do anything like this.

“It really is sad – and shocking, to be honest,” she said.

Another neighbor said that the pair’s daughter had urged her mother to move in with her in Florida.

“The daughter was saying, ‘Mom, come to me, because we know he’s not stable,’ ” the neighbor told CBS News.

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