Three killed in New Jersey apartment

Sept. 3, 2006 at 12:28 PM
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NEWARK, N.J., Sept. 3 (UPI) -- Police in Newark, N.J., Sunday sought clues in the execution-style slayings of three people in an apartment that was then set on fire.

A 15-year-old high school cheerleader, a 19-year-old boy and a 42-year-old woman described as a one-time horse trainer were dead at the scene while two other youths survived the shootings, the Newark (N.J.) Star-Ledger reported. A dog and a cat were also fatally shot.

Firefighters responding to a blaze at a second-floor apartment in a quiet neighborhood discovered the carnage, the newspaper said.

Police said it appeared the victims may have known the shooter and had allowed him or her to come into Sandra Bellush's second-floor apartment. It was not clear why the young victims were at the apartment or what their relationship was with Bellush.

Bellush's ex-husband told the newspaper they had divorced six years ago.

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