New Jersey Man Charged in Murder of His Parents After They Were Found Beaten to Death in Their Home
The 28-year-old son was found in the house where lived with his parents when their bodies were discovered
A 28-year-old man has been charged with fatally beating his parents, police say.
According to a press release from the Gloucester County Prosecutor’s Office, Edward M. Coles Jr., 58, and his wife, Rosemarie, 55, were found dead in their West Deptford, New Jersey, home Friday morning.
Police were notified after a relative of the deceased man stopped by their home after he was unable to reach them by phone Thursday night.
The couple’s son, Ryan Coles, who lived with his parents, was found in the house when police arrived, according to the press release. The 28-year-old was taken to a local hospital for medical evaluation.
According to Bernie Weisenfeld, public information officer for the Gloucester County Prosecutor’s Office, autopsy results showed the cause of death for the couple was blunt trauma to the head.
According to Weisenfeld, Edward was known in his community for his musical talents.
“The story here is more about what his life was like,” Weisenfeld tells PEOPLE. “He was pretty well known across this area for his skills in repairing musical instruments.”
Edward launched Coles Music Service in 2008, according to the business website. The repair shop and music store became a fixture for musicians in the area.
“If there was something nobody could fix, he would take it on and make it happen,” Carl Cox, a music director at Deptford Township High School, told Philly.com. “He was good at everything. His love was saxophone because that’s what he played as well. Anybody who was a professional, they all knew and loved Ed,” he said.
A neighbor who called the news of the couple’s deaths “shocking” remembered Rosemarie as being “so nice.”
Claudia Rojvilawan told NJ.com. “They’re quiet, they don’t bother anybody.”
Ryan is being held at the Salem County Jail on $1 million bail. Weisenfeld says he will likely appear in court this week for a bail hearing. It is not known if he has retained an attorney or if he has entered a plea.