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UPDATE: Son finds parents’ bodies in murder-suicide

Photo Credit: Cliffview Pilot
Photo Credit: Cliffview Pilot

An elderly Korean man with prostate cancer strangled his wife with a necktie, then hanged himself in their Palisades Park apartment before their son found them Monday. The 78-year-old mother’s body was on her bed and the father, 79, was hanging from an upper bathroom door hinge, apparently with the same tie, “in a position where he would have been looking at his wife while hanging,” a high-ranking official told CLIFFVIEW PILOT .

The family’s apartment

A one-page suicide note, written in Korean, was found in the bathroom, the building super told CLIFFVIEW PILOT .

In it, the husband “talks about his own pain and apologizes to” his son and daughter, a law enforcement official said.

The husband also asked to be cremated, CLIFFVIEW PILOT has learned.

Sun Chu Cho suffered a stroke 10 years ago and was partially bedridden, Bergen County Prosecutor John L. Molinelli said Monday night.

Her husband, D ae Sung Kim, recently was diagnosed with prostate cancer, the prosecutor said.

Their son told police his parents were both awake and in bed when he left their second-floor apartment on West Harriet Avenue for work at 9:40 this morning. He and his sister called home a few times and got no answer, he said, so he took a bus home, arriving at 12:45 p.m.

He let himself in, found all the lights and TV off, and then found the bodies, Molinelli told CLIFFVIEW PILOT . The son spent several hours speaking with detectives.

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