Ex-Cop, Wife Shot Dead Inside Parsippany Home

Chester and Rosaria Andraka, both FDU employees, found Monday morning.

A husband and wife were found shot to death in their Parsippany home Monday morning, the Morris County Prosecutor's Office said.

Chester Andraka, 46, and his wife, Rosaria Andraka, 43, were each found shot to death in their Medford Road home Monday at about 10 a.m., according to a statement released by Acting Morris County Prosecutor Fredric Knapp.

Chester Andraka, who worked at Novartis Pharmaceuticals Corp. and taught at Fairleigh Dickinson University, was a former Det./Sgt. with the Caldwell and Essex County police departments, according to his LinkedIn profile.

Andraka was a part-time adjunct instructor at FDU, according to the university.

Rosaria Andraka was also employed at FDU as an advisor and the honors program administrator, according to her LinkedIn profile.

"The University is shocked and saddened to learn of the tragic death of two employees, which happened off campus earlier today," according to a statement released by FDU. "The University is cooperating with local authorities. As this is a matter under police investigation, we ask members of the media to direct all questions to the Morris County Prosecutor’s office."

Caldwell Police declined to comment on Andraka's time on the borough's police force, but did confirm he retired from the department as a detective/sergeant in November 2009. 

Andraka joined the department in 1991 and retired with an annual pension of $67,015.32, according to a 2011 report from the Police and Firemen's Retirement System (PFRS). 

North Caldwell Police Chief Mark Deuer, who knew Andraka and his wife, said Monday night he was shocked to hear the news of their deaths.

"All I can say is good things about Chet," Deuer said. "I’ve known him for many years. He was nothing but professional—nice, friendly, outgoing."

Andraka joined Novatris in 2012 after working as a contractor for the East Hanover company for two years, a spokesman told NJ.com.

In a Jan. 10 post below a photo of the couple, Chester Andraka wrote on his Facebook page, "my is wife simply gorgeous, more beautiful now than the day I met her."

Parsippany Police officers made the discovery during a welfare check after Chester Andraka did not arrive at work Monday morning, Knapp said.

When officers arrived at the home, the doors were locked but a body on a couch was seen through a window, Knapp said. Police broke open the door and found the bodies in the family room, Knapp said. The couple each sustained a gunshot wound, Knapp said.

The investigation remains ongoing and no further information was immediately available.

Medford Road was shut down Monday afternoon at the corner of Brooklawn Drive, not far from Route 202 as multiple agencies investigated the shooting.

According to Parsippany Officer Earl Kinsey, a spokesman for the department, authorities are "not looking for a suspect and there is no danger to the public."

Patch will continue to update this story.

Jay January 29, 2013 at 03:57 PM
You don't have to be a cold hearted human being simply because you do not understand the definition of "tragedy" or what it means to be sympathetic for those that others have known and those still living in the aftermath of others decisions. She was an incredible woman and the family may have had their fair share of issues (you must certainly understand personal "issues" since you dare have the indecency to post a statement like that) but the death of anyone is a tragedy to someone, and just because it was not a tragedy to you, does not give you the right to speak out of your ass and generalize your comment. Consider forming a human heart before sharing your opinions again.
Jay January 29, 2013 at 03:59 PM
You have undeniably sick emotional issues that are the result of something "tragic" happening in your life. For the sake of their children I hope they never see your pathetic comments.
Jay January 29, 2013 at 04:28 PM
Ms. Mangini, I am so sorry for your loss. I did not know Chester but I knew Rosaria very well and she is part of the reason that I am in the place I am today with my life. I hope you all find the answers that you are searching for and that you and her children along with the rest of your family can move past this terrible part of your lives one day and learn what it means to be happy again. I hope the awful opinionated remarks of some people do not alter your own opinions on human decency. There is more good than bad in the world it's just hard to see it at times. Best of luck to you and your family getting through these hard times, I'm sure many prayers (including mine) are with you all.
victor schiavo January 29, 2013 at 06:36 PM
Grew up with Chet in Bloomfield from elementary school through high school. I'm happy to have known him and I'm sorry for him and for his family that this tragic event has taken place. Old friend, I leave you with this from Psalm 23. The Lord is my shepherd,
I shall not want. He makes me lie down in green pastures;
He leads me beside [b]quiet waters. He restores my soul;
He guides me in the paths of righteousness
For His name’s sake. Even though I walk through the [d]valley of the shadow of death,
I fear no evil, for You are with me;
Your rod and Your staff, they comfort me. You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies;
You [f]have anointed my head with oil;
My cup overflows. Surely goodness and lovingkindness will follow me all the days of my life,
And I will dwell in the house of the Lord forever.
kellie January 29, 2013 at 06:58 PM
Hi Daniela: I grew up with Rosaria, she was my best friend and I loved her dearly. I was her maid of honor at her wedding. I remember you as a little girl. I remember your parents and Gabriella.. I am so heartbroken over this and even more so for Chris and Anna. I hadn't seen her in a long time. but I just talked to her on her birthday. Chet did love her very much, that I do know. Peace to you and your family.
Les Le Gear January 29, 2013 at 09:25 PM
Sorry for all concerned, especially the children. I wonder though, if this was a murder-suicide, what could possess someone to do this. Unfathomable rage? Terminal illness? Insanity? It's beyond my understanding.
Kevin M January 29, 2013 at 09:35 PM
Mrs. K, Sounds like you know the inner workings of the PD, so chances are you have a relative employed by the force. Misguided loyalty at its best, LOL. The ratio of Par-Troy officers behind the desk vs. on the road speaks for itself. Your propaganda holds no weight and you can't skew the facts no matter how hard you try. Additionally, BE CAREFUL to assume that others have not done the research to support the fact this township is woefully under patrolled.
I plead the 2nd tchk tchk January 29, 2013 at 10:28 PM
i see the cops showed up in time to make a accurate body count. get a gun people. protect yourselves.
Mrs. K January 30, 2013 at 12:38 AM
Greg, You are woefully misinformed. You should research a little better before you start spewing "facts". Have a good night.
Tina Downing January 30, 2013 at 12:46 AM
I am truly heart sick for the family and children that are left in the wake of this tragedy. In the time of "everyone with a right to chat, should" unfortunately some do without thinking first. The sick thing is, people hide behind false names and act outraged and spew poison with impunity because they feel it is their right. Perhaps they should feel a little bit of humanity first.
Isa January 30, 2013 at 12:47 AM
Our prayers go to the families, especially to the children...May God give them the strength needed to go on without their parents. God bless All!
Kwilliams January 30, 2013 at 05:49 AM
It's absolutely sickening and wrong that 80% of these post are selfishly about the town and how "unfit" it is to your being. The main concern is te children, one of whom I had the pleasure of knowing this last semester at Fairleigh. Rose was also my scholar advisor. Get a reality check and realize that there's more important factors to the situation then your paranoia. Prayers to my old FDU family and most of all Chris and Anna.
Thisisstan January 30, 2013 at 06:37 AM
This is a terrible tragedy.
J Persaud January 30, 2013 at 10:50 PM
My sympathy to the family and friends who are suffering and may you find peace some day soon. God bless.
Kevin M January 31, 2013 at 01:43 PM
Mrs. K, You would make a great Parsippany Police spokesperson, oh wait -- doesn't a member of your family hold that position?
Mrs. K February 01, 2013 at 01:52 AM
Greg, I have a job and the Parsippany Police have a spokesperson. The PIO is not a relative of mine. Go to www.parpolice.com and you can find out all the information I previously stated, since the press releases are published on that site, in their entirety. My thoughts and prayers are with the Andraka family during this horrible tragedy that has befallen them. Stop trashing the town, domestic violence is incidious and pervasive. RIP Rose
Dory Degen February 01, 2013 at 09:54 PM
The headline "Chester and Rosario Andraka.... deaths ruled a murder and a suicide, respectively" make it cound like she killed him. But he murdered her then killed himself. Just an FYI since every article clarifies that except this one.
Dory Degen February 01, 2013 at 09:59 PM
Am I the only one who is angry at this guy? He murdered his wife, a woman he was supposed to love and protect...a person. He killed her. She probably begged for her life. He may have been a good ol guy in high school. But please call "this tragic event" what it is. A murder. Wouldn't you be even a little mad had he only killed her and didn't kill himself?
Dory Degen February 01, 2013 at 10:10 PM
Domestic Violence.
SockPuppet February 02, 2013 at 02:42 AM
This was a murder/suicide, you brainless freak. Even a drooling mouth-breather like you could not possibly be suggesting that a married couple should both carry guns at all times in case one of them decides to shoot the other.
I plead the 2nd tchk tchk February 02, 2013 at 02:54 AM
Why yes sock puppet... I do breathe out of my mouth because i can't do it out of my mouth after the reconstructive surgery and I do drool out of the left side of my mouth. i was shot in the head when I was a federal agent and the left side of my face is paralized. How did you know? You must have seen me around town. But yes, if the wife had a gun, she could have had a chance to save herself. Also there was a home invasion in basking ridge, and many violent attacks here in morristown. So yes, everyone is better off with a firearm these days. And like I told you before, it is going to get worse day by day. Don't be a victim, it hurts real bad and can last a life time.
I plead the 2nd tchk tchk February 02, 2013 at 02:54 AM
oh, I meant, i cant breathe out of my nose.
jerzey February 03, 2013 at 03:21 PM
You are absolutely right to a point. The PD is under patrolled but only since the economy has changed. Officers retire & there isn't a replacement. As for the Sgt's on the road, she is absolutely right. Sgts do respond to the calls as well. As for a promotion of a sgt being taken out of the DB to be on the rd....I guess ppl don't get how it works. If a PO decides to take the Sgts test that is their choice. They pay alot of money to take a class & a test. Their name sits on the list for xxx amount of time & if there is an opening they get promoted (depending on how they score). If not, the list expires & they have to retake the test. Of course you aren't going to leave a Sgt where he isn't needed. Ppl get moved around in all businesses all the time. Stop trying to figure it out & blame the cops for everything. It is the same in all the towns & depends on their contracts as well. If you don't know how it actually works, just like not knowing the facts of this situation, ppl shldnt be speculating.
Concerned4Society February 03, 2013 at 05:49 PM
It sounds like a murder-suicide to me...the police are not looking for a suspect and the public is not in danger. What else can it be?
wendy February 03, 2013 at 10:11 PM
What's wrong with all of you? I'm not from Parsippany but from New Brunswick. Have some respect! Horrible incidents happen everywhere but again, have respect for the family.
Natalie Davis (Editor) February 04, 2013 at 12:35 AM
FYI, this is the first of many stories about the trafic incident. This one dates from before the police ruled it murder-suicide.
Jamie McManus February 04, 2013 at 09:07 PM
Seriously two children are left without their parents now and they must try to cope with this tragedy. Have some human compassion and pray for them and the families of both Chester and Rosaria.
Dory Degen February 06, 2013 at 04:28 AM
People are angry and it is a normal reaction to violence against another woman in our community. It isn't disrespect to express anger at the man that killed his wife. You don't think that is part of the family's mixed feelings right now? Domestic Violence is not something to sweep under the rug with "proper condolences." I am angry for the family who now has to deal with how to come to terms with this man that shot his wife and killed her. The fact that they [perhaps] loved him too just provides even more confusion. But doesn't make this somehow "their problem as a couple." It is outrageous and so heartbreaking. He did such damage to so many people. Had he not killed himself he'd be in jail right now awaiting muder charges, and everyone would be angry at him. This is not disrespect it is a normal reaction to a tragic story. And unfortunatly another story of domestic violence against a woman who was beloved by many. Rest in peace Rose. May your family find peace and eventual forgiveness.
Paul Down Road February 07, 2013 at 04:31 PM
Very well said Dory. There seems to be unprecedented demand for "respect" for a murderer. I don't know if this is because the man is a cop or not. This is not supposed to be a page where we only offer condolences to the family. This is where events are reported and the facts are discussed and yes some people's anger may come out. Its an absolute tragedy. But it wasn't an accident. There is one man that is responsible and it is perfectly natural to be angry about it.
Elinor Lancour February 08, 2013 at 04:38 PM
I feel this is a terrible tragedy. I am wondering why no one commented on how much they loved each other. They were all about how much he loved her.


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