Federal Judge Esther Salas Makes Emotional Statement After Son's Murder
The judge's video comes two weeks after her son's tragic death, which also left her husband wounded.
On Tuesday, Federal Judge Esther Salas spoke for the first time since the murder of her 20-year-old son, Daniel Anderl, in an attack that also wounded her husband, Mark Anderl. Salas said she believes she was targeted because of her position, and insisted that his death “cannot be in vain.”
“Two weeks ago, my life as I knew it changed in an instant and my family will never be the same,” Salas says in the nine-minute video. “A madman, who I believe was targeting me because of my position as a federal judge, came to my house. Our family had just finished a weekend celebration in honor of our son, Daniel Mark — his 20th birthday.”
Roy Den Hollander, a men's rights attorney who had previously argued a case before Salas, was identified as the shooter. Hollander posed as a FedEx worker and opened fire when the family opened the door, killing Daniel and shooting Mark three times before killing himself inside of a rental car.
Salas said that she and her husband are going through a parent's worse nightmare — having to bury their only child. She also demanded more protection for herself and her coworkers. “Unfortunately for my family, the threat was real and the free flow of information from the internet allowed this sick and depraved human being to find all our personal information and target us,” she said. “At the moment there is nothing we can do to stop it and that is unacceptable. My son’s death cannot be in vain, which is why I am begging those in power to do something to help my brothers and sisters on the bench. Now, more than ever, we need to identify a solution that keeps the lives of federal judges private.”
Watch her emotional statement below.