New York Man Beheads Wife, Kills 5-Year-Old Daughter Before Hanging Himself After He Made Threats to ‘Take All of Them Down’

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A 42-year-old mother who worked for the United Nations Foundation as an advocate for women and girls internationally was found beheaded Wednesday night inside a Harlem apartment, where police also discovered the slain body of her 5-year-old daughter as well as the body of the girl’s father, who police say murdered his wife and daughter before killing himself.

PEOPLE spoke to multiple New York Police Department sources, who confirm Jennifer Schlecht and Abaynesh Schlecht Tedla were killed in the apartment on 121st Street by Yonathan Tedla, 46, who’d hanged himself in the couple’s bedroom.

The sources say Schlecht was found in the apartment’s bathroom, decapitated. The little girl was located dead in a bedroom; her throat had also been slashed, according to the sources.

A motive is still being investigated.

Police responded to the apartment, finding the grisly scene, after Schlecht’s relatives asked that they perform a wellness check, an official NYPD statement explains.

Local reports indicate the couple were getting a divorce, but PEOPLE could not independently verify that information.

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SOURCE: Christian Post, Chris Harris