Who was Douglas Solomon? Ex-SC judge's son, 26, kills mom before jumping naked to death from 16th floor

Who was Douglas Solomon? Ex-SC judge's son, 26, kills mom before jumping naked to death from 16th floor
Police say Douglas Solomon (L) killed his mother Diane Gallagher before jumping to his death (Diane Gallagher/Facebook)

MANHATTAN, NEW YORK CITY: Douglas Solomon, the son of a retired New York State Supreme Court judge, Charles Solomon, who oversaw several high-profile cases, was found dead. He also allegedly beat his mother to death with a piece of furniture before jumping to his death.

According to NY Post, NYPD officials said the 26-year-old Douglas attacked his mother Diane Gallagher, 65, on Tuesday morning, July 19, inside their apartment on 180 E 79th Street. She was found dead in the Manhattan apartment with head trauma after her son beat her with a piece of furniture. Later, he jumped to his death from 16th floor of a 20-story apartment around 10.30 am, naked as he bled in the courtyard, as per law enforcement sources. Both were pronounced dead at the scene, the NYPD said.

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Who was Douglas Solomon?

While Douglas' personal and professional life details are not known, it has been reported that he was the only son in the family; the son of the 75-year-old former judge, Charles, who served on the city's Supreme Court for three decades and oversaw the nightclub shooting trial for Sean Combs, P-Diddy, in 2001. As per reports, there are no previous records of domestic violence or harmful incidents in the family.

One of the residents of the building who wanted to be anonymous told the portal, “It was the loudest thud. At first I thought it was an air conditioning unit. I looked down and he was right below my window… he was butt naked.” Another resident too narrated the incident by saying, “I heard a bunch of voices. I thought it was construction workers arguing. I thought it was just people angry with each other.”

Martine, a neighbor of Diane’s who declined to share her last name, said the two had been friends for years and she’s heartbroken over her death. “She’s just one of the most amazing people. Bright, articulate, dancer, " she said while mentioning about Diane, who used to teach music and dance and has a daughter who’s getting ready to get married. She further said, "I only have good things to say about her, and such a good listener. Always listened to me and my problems. She’s an amazing person."

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The investigation is still going on to find the cause of the killing. Police are investigating the deaths as a murder-suicide.

If you or someone you know is considering suicide, please contact the National Suicide Hotline at 1-800-273-TALK (8255).

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