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Ethiopian man in New York kills wife and daughter and hangs himself

Harlem double murder suicide: Yonathan Tedla murders estranged wife, Jennifer Schlecht, slits throat of their five year old daughter, Abaynesh Schlecht Tedla, hangs self.

NYC authorities have told of a man decapitating his estranged wife, slitting the throat of their five-year-old daughter, then hanging himself in a suspected double murder suicide. Wednesday night’s bloodbath comes just hours after the woman trying to get an order of protection.

Identified as the deceased was 42 year old woman, Jennifer Schlecht, her estranged husband, Yonathan Tedla, 46, and their five-year-old daughter, Abaynesh Schlecht Tedla.

Estranged husband had threatened his wife ‘ruin’ if she moved forward with divorce proceedings:
Schlecht’s father, Kenneth Schlecht, 74, told the New York Daily News that his daughter’s marriage was unraveling, and that his son-in-law had threatened to ‘take them all out’ if Jennifer tried to serve him with divorce papers.

NY1 reported neighbors describing the couple and their young daughter as ‘the perfect family’.

Tedla was discovered in a bedroom, his wife in the bathroom, and their child in another bedroom, according to police. The mother and daughter both had neck trauma.

The New York Daily News citing unnamed sources, told of Schlecht being found decapitated, with her severed head resting in her lap.

Her daughter suffered a cut so deep to her neck that she was partially beheaded.

The five-year-old’s father was found hanging from a rope tied to a bedroom door.

Police recovered knife, believed to be the murder weapon.

Tedla and Schlecht were reportedly going through divorce proceedings and were due in court just hours before the gruesome slayings.

Schlecht’s brother contacted the authorities that evening, asking to check on his sister after failing to reach her by phone.

Kenneth Schlecht, Jennifer’s father, described his daughter going through untold trauma leading up to upcoming divorce proceedings.

‘She said her husband had indicated that if she served him with divorce papers he would ruin her or take them all out, which was apparently what he did,’ he said.

New York Times

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