Father of murder-suicide victim defends daughter

The father of the Cross River woman who was murdered by her husband along with their two children is speaking out in defense of his daughter, who has been blamed by some for causing the tragedy.

In a phone interview with News 12, Gary Perez, Amy Friedlander's father, insisted it was his daughter who had suffered through years of emotional abuse at the hands of her husband, Sam.

While friends describe Sam Friedlander as a good man who just snapped Monday night, bludgeoning his wife and fatally shooting their two young kids before turning the gun on himself, his father-in-law paints a different picture.

"We have affidavits from women who told Amy they did not want their daughters in the house unless she was there, that they didn't want their daughters in the house if Sam was there," Perez says.

Perez also claims his son-in-law had a weird obsession with his 10-year-old daughter, Molly.

In response to comments that Amy Friedlander might have pushed her husband over the edge by continually belittling him, Perez says nothing his daughter might have said to Sam could justify his actions.

Meanwhile, police say they still don't know where Sam Friedlander got the guns used in the murder-suicide.

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