Corrections officer commits homicide, suicide and dogicide

PEMBERTON TWP. — A 15-year veteran corrections officer at New Jersey State Prison shot and

killed his wife, then his dog and then himself Wednesday inside their home here in the Browns Mills section.

Police identified him as Victor Segui-Cordero, 59. His wife was named Nelda Segui, also 59. Their

bodies were found by their son, Erick X. Segui of Browns Mills, who called police to their home in the

300 block of Lakeview Boulevard at 9:25 p.m.

“The preliminary police investigation revealed that Victor Segui-Cordero shot his wife and the family

dog then turned the gun on himself,” township police Detective Lt. Ronald Kreig said. “The weapon

and a handwritten note were collected at the scene confirming what had taken place.”

Authorities wouldn’t comment on the contents of the suicide note. Locals contacted Wednesday night

said they didn’t know happened but assumed a major homicide investigation was under way.

“There’s so many police cars over there and helicopters in the sky,” a woman who lives around the

block on Auburn Avenue said an hour after police converged here to probe the homicide-suicide.

“I’m just sad something like this happened. This is really scary. This is a really quiet neighborhood. You

have kids stealing bikes and stuff like that, but nothing like this.”

Authorities wouldn’t discuss why Segui-Cordero went on his rampage. “We’re not aware of any

difficulty he had,” said Deirdre Fedkenheuer, spokeswoman for the New Jersey Department of

Corrections. “It’s just a tragic situation.”

She said Segui-Cordero earned $72,000 as a senior corrections officer. He first started in state employ

as a human services assistant April 6, 1992, and came to the DOC on Oct. 2, 1993, as a corrections

officer recruit.

His union, PBA Local 105, had no comment, but a member who answered the phone yesterday said,

“It’s kind of tough to talk about it. The family is still grieving right now.”

According to, Victor Segui-Cordero previously lived in Silver Spring, Md., Yukon,Okla., and Trenton, before buying the house in Browns Mills in 1998.


One Response

  1. He used to train me when I graduated class 184. I was doing a school research paper for my Masters and I came across this news. Shocking ! just wondering why?

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