The four bodies recovered from the two alarm fire in Long Branch on Tuesday each suffered gunshot wounds, according to a statement released this morning by Acting Monmouth County Prosecutor Christopher J. Gramiccioni.
While it appears that Lyndon “Shane” Beharry, 35, shot his sons Brandon Beharry, 7, and Brian Beharry, 4, and their mother, Amanda Morris, 29, before setting the fire and shooting himself, the investigation is ongoing and the cause of the mother and boys’ death has yet to be official determined by the Middlesex County Coroner’s Office*. Ms. Morris and her sons’ death have been ruled homicides. Shane Beharry’s death was the result of a self-inflicted gunshot wound.
Long Branch police and firefighters responded to multiple 911 calls at 11:48 p.m. reporting a fire at 245 Joline Avenue in the city. Once on scene, Long Branch fire officials elevated the fire to a two-alarm fire and requested assistance from additional fire companies from West Long Branch, Sea Bright, Oakhurst, Oceanport and Eatontown.
The fire was quickly suppressed. Firefighters and Police officers from the Long Branch Fire Department discovered the four individuals inside a second floor bedroom. All four were transported to Monmouth Medical Center, where despite life-saving efforts all died.
Anyone with any information is urged to call Detective Pamela Ricciardi, of the Monmouth County Prosecutor’s Office at 1-800-533-7443 or Detective Rich O’Brien of the Long Branch Police Department at 732-222-1000.
* Middlesex County provides Coroner’s services for Monmouth County under a shared services agreement.