TABERNACLE, N.J. (WPVI) — New Jersey State Police have released the names of the three children
who were shot in what appears to have been an attempted murder-suicide in Tabernacle, New Jersey.
Action News has also learned that financial troubles may have led to the violence.
Investigators say the incident was reported at 9:16 a.m. Thursday at a home inside a subdivision on
Holly Park Drive.
According to investigators, all of the victims were shot inside the same bedroom.
8-year-old Nadia Harriman and 14-year-old Nicholas Harriman were dead when police arrived on
11-year-old Alexander Harriman and 44-year-old Jeaninne LePage were still alive, and rushed to
Cooper University Hospital in Camden where they remain in critical condition.
LePage, who had been shot in the head, is said to be the mother of the children.
All four are believed to have been shot with the same weapon – a handgun found at the scene.
The incident was reported by family members, police said, who were in the home. Investigators say
nobody heard the shooting.
Officials are trying to track down reports that one of the children may have texted a friend yesterday,
saying they wouldn’t be in school because their mom was having a bad day.
Anyone who received such a text is asked to contact state police, as it may help investigators nail
down the exact timeline of when these shooting occurred.
Holding candles and wiping away tears, about 150 people gathered Thursday night to reflect on the
Among them, 8-year-old Savannah Heller who held a pictured of her and her late friend 8-year-old
“Nadia is my best friend and she was always nice to me,” said Savannah.
Also there was Monique Currier, who says LePage has been her best friend for 33 years.
“And I can’t believe this happened. I’m in complete and total shock and her kids were like my own
kids and I can’t believe this happened,” said Currier.
Currier says LePage was an unemployed nurse who was having financial difficulties.
She was living in the home on Holly Park Drive with her children, her brother, his wife and their
While authorities have not officially called this an attempted murder-suicide, Currier says LePage
had confided in her a few months ago that if things got really bad, this is how she would end it.
The Burlington County community of Tabernacle is located in the sparsely populated New Jersey
Considering the nature of the shooting and the ages of the victims, grief counselors are being pro-
vided to first responders at the scene.
State Police Lt. Greg Giannone explained, “Our troopers are trained to expect the unexpected.
However, a crime scene like this is impossible to prepare for.”
CHARLOTTE, N.C. — The NBA has suspended Charlotte Hornets forward Jeff Taylor for 24 games
without pay after he pleaded guilty last month to misdemeanor domestic violence assault and
malicious destruction of hotel property.
Taylor will get credit for the 11 games he has missed and will sit out an additional 13, which is slightly
more than one-fourth of the league’s 82-game schedule.
The suspension will cost Taylor $199,689 of his $915,000 salary based off his missing 24 games out
of 110 season days, as defined by the league’s collective bargaining agreement.
“This suspension is necessary to protect the interests of the NBA and the public’s confidence in it,”
NBA commissioner Adam Silver said in a release Wednesday. “Mr. Taylor’s conduct violates appli-
cable law and, in my opinion, does not conform to standards of morality and is prejudicial and
detrimental to the NBA.”
Sources told ESPN.com’s Marc Stein that Taylor and his representatives were conferring with union
officials Wednesday night to weigh their options in terms of a public response.
The 24-game penalty for Taylor does not represent a new league standard for domestic violence cases,
sources told Stein. The league plan going forward, sources said, is to deal with any such incidents on
a case-by-case basis.
NBA bylaws give Silver a broad scope to issue punishments, as often seen during the reign of prede-
cessor David Stern, but Taylor does have the right to lodge an appeal through an independent arbi-
trator if he chooses.
Taylor, 25, is in his third NBA season. He was sentenced to 18 months of probation. As part of his
probation, he must complete 26 weeks in a domestic violence intervention program.
The Hornets released a statement before Wednesday night’s game against Indiana, saying: “The NBA
has informed us of its decision to suspend Jeffery Taylor. We understand and support the NBA’s
position in this matter.”
The NBA conducted an investigation into Taylor’s arrest in an East Lansing, Michigan, hotel the morn-
ing of Sept. 25 after an altercation with a woman with whom he was having a romantic relationship.
Taylor and the woman were drinking heavily and a loud argument ensued, prompting hotel guests to
call security, the NBA release said. The argument escalated, and Taylor shoved the woman in a violent
manner into the hallway, where she fell to the ground and struck her head on an opposite door.
The release also said Taylor slapped her arm and punched a hole in the wall near his hotel room.
The woman had marks on her upper arm and a bump on her head but declined medical treatment,
the report said.
Taylor was arrested by East Lansing police officers and, according to the NBA investigation, was
“belligerent and uncooperative.”
Silver said Taylor also must enter an outpatient alcohol treatment program and perform alcohol
sensor tests daily for 60 days. After that, he is subject to random testing by the probation department.
He must also perform 80 hours of community service.
The domestic assault charge will be dismissed if Taylor successfully meets the conditions of his pro–
bation. If Taylor fails to meet the conditions of his probation, he could be subject to further punish-
ment from the league.
“While the suspension is significantly longer than prior suspensions for incidents of domestic violence
by NBA players, it is appropriate in light of Mr. Taylor’s conduct, the need to deter similar conduct going
forward, and the evolving social consensus — with which we fully concur — that professional sports lea-
gues like the NBA must respond to such incidents in a more rigorous way,” Silver said in the statement.
Taylor’s suspension comes at a time when domestic violence has dominated the sports landscape around
the country, including Charlotte.
Carolina Panthers Pro Bowl defensive end Greg Hardy was convicted in July on two counts of domestic
violence. He is appealing, but is not allowed to return until after the trial is completed.
Hardy played one game for the Panthers before a video was released of Baltimore Ravens running back
Ray Rice punching his then-fiancée in a hotel elevator, leading the league to change how it handled dom-
estic violence situations. Hardy was placed on the exempt-commissioner’s permission list three weeks
into the season and continues to collect his $13.1 million salary from the Panthers.
The Hornets learned of Taylor’s suspension before their game against Indiana on Wednesday night.
When asked whether the suspension was too stiff, Hornets backup center Jason Maxiell said, “It’s hard
to answer that one right now.”
A second-round pick in 2012 out of Vanderbilt, Taylor missed most of last season with a ruptured
Achilles tendon but is healthy now.
The 6-foot-7, 225-pound Taylor has been competing for the past two seasons with Michael Kidd-Gilchrist
for a starting spot at small forward. He played in 26 games with eight starts last season before suffering
his injury in late December.
As a rookie in 2012, he played in 77 games with 29 starts. He has averaged 6.6 points and 2.0 rebounds
for his career.
NEW Music: Stay With Me – Leela James (@LeelaJames)
NEW Music: How About Now – Drake
Just before Christina Milian hits the AMA award stage with her rumored boo Lil Wayne, photos get
released from a sexy photo shoot that she did and we must say not bad, not bad at all…. #NICE
She always been a bad chick tho, but hopefully she gets back to the music…