A recent domestic dispute at a residence in Washington Township, New Jersey, resulted in the murder of a 20-year-old woman by her teenage brother.
According to Bergen County Prosecutor John L. Molinelli, 17-year-old Travis Gallo stabbed his older sister, Teia Gallo, multiple times with a kitchen knife during an argument at their home on Pershing Avenue in Washington Township on Thursday, December 26th.
Authorities have been tight-lipped about the incident thus far, but Molinelli did reveal that one of the siblings’ brothers notified the police via a 911 call. At least four of the siblings were present when police responded to the call but officials have not disclosed whether the incident resulted in more than one victim.
Multiple reports have claimed that another one of the siblings was stabbed during the dispute, based on statements from anonymous sources in law enforcement. If these sources are reliable, then Destiny Gallo, the younger sister, was also stabbed and taken to Hackensack University Medical Center, where she was in critical condition.
The parents of the victim and the alleged offender are Theresa and Robert Gallo, who have a total of twelve children, three of whom they adopted. Teia and Travis are two of those adopted by the Gallos.
Following the domestic dispute and subsequent death of Teia Gallo, Molinelli announced that Travis Gallo will soon be facing criminal charges. The Bergen County Prosecutor’s Office will have to determine whether Travis will be charged as an adult or as a juvenile, which will seriously impact his sentencing if convicted. Further, they will need to examine the facts of the case in order to decide to charge him with manslaughter, aggravated manslaughter, orhomicide. The penalties for these offenses become increasingly severe, which will have significant implications for Travis Gallo if he is ultimately convicted of the charges against him.
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