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Former Bergen County Prosecutor Jay Fahy Commits Suicide

7-18-13

By Managing Editor Mike Schneider
NJ Today

Investigators in North Jersey have a mystery on their hands. Why did Jay Fahy take his own life?

Fahy was a prominent attorney, the former prosecutor in Bergen County and a former assistant U.S. attorney. He was well known, and by all accounts, well liked.

Fahy was a frequent guest on this newscast and on other TV networks, called upon to explain the law and the legal process during high profile cases.

Last night, he himself became a high profile case. Fahy’s body was discovered under the Route 17 overpass in East Rutherford, within walking distance of his home and his law office. There was a handgun nearby and police believe Fahy used it to take his own life.

“It was not his gun. It was a registered handgun. I’d rather not say to whose name it was registered to. But we have no issue concerning the source or the use of the handgun,” said Bergen County Prosecutor John Molinelli.

This is one of those cases where friends and investigators can be one and the same — people who are left to ponder a legacy much sooner than they ever expected.

“He took his responsibilities very seriously and brought a degree of maturity to the job,” said former Gov. James Florio. “Sometimes those types of jobs can go to people’s heads and then they lose perspective. Jay was not. He was diligent, but he was rational and he was very, very mature and tough but compassionate.”