JPMorgan Tech Executive Killed Wife Before Suicide, Police Say

Julian Knott, an executive director of JPMorgan Chase & Co.’s global technology network, fatally shot his wife before committing suicide, police said.

The bodies of Knott, 45, and his wife Alita, 47, were found July 6 in their home in Jefferson Township, New Jersey, police said in a July 8 statement. He shot her repeatedly, then took his life with the same gun, police said.

Knott started at JPMorgan in 2006 as a network operations manager in London and rose to executive director of the technology network over eight years, according to his LinkedIn profile. He met Alita in the U.K., and they moved to Ohio and then New Jersey as Knott gained responsibility, the Star-Ledger reported, citing a biography from her job as a Coldwell Banker sales associate.

Knott was promoted in January to executive director at JPMorgan’s Global Network Operations Center in Whippany, New Jersey. Patricia Wexler, a spokeswoman for the New York-based bank, declined to comment.

He was “calm, intelligent, friendly, hardworking,” said Steve Dunk, a vice president at JPMorgan. “Julian’s and Alita’s deaths were a tragic, incomprehensible event and they leave behind many, many grieving friends.”

The Knotts are survived by three children, according to the Star-Ledger. Alita shared photographs and video on her public Facebook page of the family on a snowboarding trip, dog-sledding in Colorado and driving off-road in a Hummer in North Carolina.

Industry’s Suicides

Deutsche Bank AG, Russell Investments and Zurich Insurance Group AG have also lost employees and former employees to suicide in the past year.

A coroner ruled in May that Gabriel Magee, the 39-year-old JPMorgan vice president who fell to his death from the bank’s London tower in January, committed suicide. In February, a junior employee fell to his death from the roof of Chater House, the investment bank’s Asia-Pacific headquarters in Hong Kong. Former JPMorgan associate Kenneth Bellando jumped from a Manhattan building to his death in March, according to a New York Police Department employee who asked not to be named because the investigation is ongoing.

JPMorgan is the biggest U.S. bank by assets and has about 247,000 employees.

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