NJ man accused of killing son and torching body at school sent wife disturbing video: ‘Death does us part’

The New Jersey man accused of murdering his young son and setting the boy’s body on fire in a school parking lot sent a disturbing video to his wife before attempting suicide, according to reports.

Manuel Rivera, 43, reportedly admitted to the crime and apologized to his wife in a video message sent just before committing the heinous act. He then told her they would see each other again in the afterlife and asked that her remains be cremated, according to police documents obtained by News 12.

Rivera also left a suicide note at her home with a similar message.

“This is how it ends for me and (their son). I know we couldn’t live without each other. Today is the day death do us part,” the note read, according to Patch.

Police believe 9-year-old Christian Rivera was killed before his car was set on fire on school grounds.

The couple was going through marital difficulties before the incident, according to the documents.

Family members called Sayreville police on March 28 to report Rivera and her son missing after the father threatened to kill them both and fled the home following an argument.

While officers were responding to that call, they received reports of a fire at Sayreville High School around 10:45 p.m.

There, officers discovered Rivera’s car on fire in the school parking lot with her son’s body inside.

Rivera was also present at the scene, sitting outside the car covered in gasoline with a cut around his neck and burns on his body.

Surveillance footage allegedly showed Rivera entering the parking lot, then dousing the car with gasoline and setting it on fire.

The boy is believed to have been killed before the fire.

The Sayreville High School parking lot where Rivera was found next to his burning car
The Sayreville High School parking lot where Rivera was found next to his burning car longisland.news12

Rivera was hospitalized in critical condition.

He was charged with first-degree murder, second-degree desecration of human remains, aggravated arson and endangering the welfare of a child.

The boy was identified as Christian Rivera, according to, who was in the third grade at Woodrow Wilson School.

A vigil was held for him at the school Saturday evening.

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