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Tunnel to Towers to honor slain Jersey City officer, pay for home mortgage

Detective Joseph Seals
Posted at 6:23 AM, Dec 13, 2019
and last updated 2019-12-13 10:24:05-05

JERSEY CITY, N.J. — In the wake of the attack at a Jewish supermarket in Jersey City that left three civilians and one police officer dead, the Stephen Siller Tunnel to Towers Foundation is expected to announce plans to assist in funding the slain officer’s mortgage.

The Tunnel to Towers organization, named after fallen 9/11 FDNY Firefighter, Stephen Siller, will pay off the mortgage of slain Jersey City Police Detective Joseph Seals’ home.

Det. Seals was among those killed in the Dec. 10 attack. He leaves behind his wife and five children.

Seals reportedly confronted the suspects at a nearby cemetery before the market shootout, as they sat in a U-Haul van.

The suspects, David Anderson and Francine Graham, then drove off and parked in front of the JC Kosher Supermarket along Martin Luther King Drive before walking in and opening fire.

Officials believe the suspects shot the three victims within minutes of entering the store. A fourth civilian escaped while the suspects shot at him as he ran out of the market and across the street.

Within minutes of taking over the store, Anderson and Graham began firing at responding law enforcement that arrived on foot and by patrol car, Grewal said.

The hours-long standoff between authorities and suspects ended when police the suspects’ bodies were located inside the store.

State officials said they have identified a number of social media accounts they believe were used by suspects David Anderson and Francine Graham, and that posts on those accounts support anti-Semitic and anti-law enforcement beliefs. Authorities are working to ensure the authenticity of the social media accounts.

In conjunction with the Newark Field Office’s investigation of the Jersey City shooting, the FBI has created a webpage for submission of photos and videos that could contain information relevant to the crimes. Members of the general public are asked to submit that media at: www.fbi.gov/jerseycity [fbi.gov].

Submissions will remain with the FBI and will not be shared. The owner can provide as much information as he or she is comfortable providing.