But two days before Thanksgiving, a terrible chain of events would tear them forever. Even more terrible is the identity of the alleged perpetrator of these events.
Paul Caneiro, 51, is accused of killing his younger brother, sister-in-law and children early in the morning in Colts Neck Township's modern mansion. It all went dark on November 20, and then his home was burned – an attempt to cover up the crime.
He should have set fire to his own home – with his wife and daughters inside – to try It looks like the whole family is being targeted. His family safely left the house, officials said.
The killings have shaken the community and several dislocations in the case have shaken up the prosecution. In a few days, the strange coincidence ̵
Friends and relatives will give Keith Caneiro and his family finally say goodbye on Sunday when Paul Caneiro, who claims his innocence, sits in a jail in Monmouth County awaiting trial.
Family of four was killed before sunrise.
Sometime between midnight and five in the morning, the authorities said Paul Caneiro went with a knife and a gun around his brother's $ 1.5 million Colts Neck house. 19659002] The brothers had been in front of the White Mansion when a deadly confrontation unfolded. Officials said that Paul fired several shots and hit Keith.
It is not clear whether they were exchanging or fighting, but the sound of the shots apparently went unnoticed in this upscale town of about 10,000 residents around 50 miles south of New York.
Paul then went into the house and found Keith's wife Jennifer. He shot and stabbed her and stabbed her children, Jesse (11) and Sophia (8), district attorney for the Monmouth district, Christopher Gramiccioni.
Then he took some documents and put a fire in the cellar, officials said.
The suspect set fire to his own home
At five o'clock in the afternoon, firefighters and the police were on their way to Paul's house. Someone had called 911 and said they had seen smoke.
When first responders arrived, Paul, his wife, and their daughters were already outside. They were unhurt.
A fire was burning behind the residence and there was a small fire near the garage door.
Paul Caneiro endangered his family, Gramiccioni said as he tried to destroy the evidence he had brought from his brother's house, making it look as if both families were being targeted.
Paul's attorney Robert A. Honecker said Paul helped his family evacuate after a fire in their home and waited with them until the police and firefighters arrived.
Hours later, the family went to the police headquarters of the city, where all were interviewed. Paul stayed there for the next 12 hours until he was arrested around midnight.
Killings were hidden by flames
Back at the Villa Colts Neck, it was getting hotter and burning the fire room of the more than 5,000 square meter residential building.
It was a normal day on the quiet Willow Brook Road, where Keith's villa stood out from the others for its modern architecture. As the sun rose, children rode buses on Thanksgiving Day to the last full day of class, and adults began to commute to work.
When firefighters arrived, they made a cruel discovery. Keith was dead in front of the house, while the bodies of the rest of the family inside were badly burned.
Smoke billowed out of the house as fire crews saturated the structure and lawn all around. They would not put the fire down until about a day later, and the investigators would not let them in because, among other security concerns, they feared the roof would collapse. 19659002 Paul Caneiro was in jail, accused of setting his own house on fire. And the suspicion grew that he was involved in the death of his brother and his family.
More than a week later, Paul was charged with killing. He is now facing four homicides, two severe arson attacks and two gun violations.
If convicted, he could be sentenced to life imprisonment.
The prosecution has said that he has acted alone and has no reason to believe that it is organized crime.
Money broke the relationship between its best friends
The difficulties between the Caneiro brothers were possibly affected by the money.
They worked together for three decades after Keith founded a technology consulting firm and hired Paul as his first employee.
The company appeared to be very successful and added Wall Street names such as Citigroup and JPMorgan Chase to its customer list over the years.
Another sign of their partnership was the company name Jay-Martin Consulting, which unites the brothers' second names. Later, they would rename the company Square One.
Prior to the killings, the Caneiros operated the technology company alongside a pest control company in a brick building on a main street in Asbury Park, according to the city's public records.
The motive in the murders was according to the prosecutor financial and came from the joint ventures of the brothers. The authorities have not discussed any further details of the motive, but the investigators have opened an investigation into the Caneiro's affairs.
The lawyers Paul Caneiro, Robert Honecker and Mitchell Ansell said that their client was wrongfully charged and that he had "absolutely nothing to do with these terrible crimes."
"Paul's family means more to him than anything else in the world," she said in a statement.
"There is absolutely no reason for Paul Caneiro to have committed the crimes he allegedly committed, he would never hurt members of his family, today's process can begin after seeking the truth and who those terrible acts
The brothers did not just work together, the lawyers said, they considered themselves best friends and were the best man of each other at their wedding.
A loving family led by a tech businessman
Candles, photos and flowers slowly fill the steps of Colt's Neck Town Hall to mourn a loving family that loves to travel to Greece traveled and trained together.
Keith wanted to develop his career and had just acquired a Master in Technology Management from Columbia University in New York.
In his doctoral thesis, he focused on technologies that could "solve world hunger by bringing surplus food to hungry people," he wrote on his LinkedIn profile.
"If you trained here in the morning, you know, Keith, he had such a thing about him, Keith was an & # 39; idea & # 39 ;, and I think that's why he and I got along so well "Bott wrote. "We talked about business, music, movies, or really about everything, but I really enjoyed my conversations with him and the way they would intellectually challenge me."
A video posted on the Facebook page of the fitness center shows how Caneiro helps his young daughter and puts a bit more weight on her back.
Keith was also an avid reader who read several books and loved sports in one week.
She was a graduate of the University of Albany and a member of the parent teacher or her children's school. She enjoyed organizing family celebrations "for every holiday at home".
The couple's daughter, Sophia, was a third grader and a Girl Scout who loved Ninja classes. She enjoyed baking biscuits, ice skating, gymnastics, and the New York Yankees.
More than a week after the family was found dead, their homes were boarded up and children's drawings with smiley faces and rainbows hung with a wire fence placed outside.
"Forever in our hearts," a child wrote in a tribute to her.
The CNNs Augusta Anthony, Evan Simko-Bednarski, Eric Levenson and Chuck Johnston contributed to this report.