Public Statement from New Jersey Urology
New Jersey Urology (NJU) is devastated and heartbroken by the tragic incident that occurred at our Mount Laurel office on Friday, July 24, 2020. A patient’s family member fatally shot our dear colleague and friend, Stephanie Anne Horton, a patient service representative at the Mount Laurel office, and wounded a waiting patient. The suspect has been charged and is currently in custody.
“In light of recent events, we have all been going through unspeakable grief and shock in hearing of Stephanie Horton’s passing from this horrific, senseless act of gun violence,” said Scott Ciccarelli, CEO of New Jersey Urology. “We would like to extend our heartfelt condolences and prayers to Stephanie’s family, colleagues and friends. Words can’t express the deep sorrow for the loss of our dear NJU colleague. She will always be remembered fondly as a true friend and loyal employee, and a selfless, courageous hero. Stephanie will leave a special place in our hearts.“
During the shooting, one of our patients was injured from a gunshot wound to her right knee. Her NJU urologist, along with a fellow patient, were at her side until paramedics arrived. She was taken to Cooper University Hospital where she was treated immediately for reconstructive surgery. We are so saddened that she was a victim in this random act of violence, and sincerely hope for her speedy recovery.
This has been such a difficult and traumatic experience, and we can’t put into words how saddened and heartbroken we are feeling right now. We understand that many employees, especially those in the Mount Laurel office, are struggling with the shock and pain from this senseless tragedy. We are providing ongoing grief counseling as needed to provide some comfort and help towards the path of healing.
We have also reached out to patients who were unfortunate witnesses to this heinous and cowardly act of violence. It is our utmost priority that employees and patients feel safe and protected. Additional security presence has been deployed at the Mount Laurel office parking area and building, and we are currently assessing other security measures for all our practices.
In remembrance of Stephanie Horton, we will be lowering flags at all of our NJU facilities (those with flags) at half-staff on Monday, August 3rd.
NJU would like to extend our sincere thanks for the outpouring of support we have received from all of our NJU offices, and many national and local organizations. We are deeply touched by their thoughtfulness and support during this difficult time.
Thank you from NJU:
Advanced Urology Institute
American Urological Association
City of Hope Surgery
Connecticut Children’s Hospital
Fraternal Order of Police Mt. Laurel Lodge 191
Mid Atlantic Stone Center Atlantic Lithotripsy, LLC
Mount Laurel Fire Department
Mount Laurel Police Department
Neotract / Teleflex
North Carolina Cancer Hospital
ReclaimAbility Pain Services
Red Lanterns Farms LLC
Specialty Networks (UroGPO)
Street Road Animal Hospital
The Center for Kidney Care
The Stone Center of NJ
Virtua Mt. Laurel Family Physicians
Virtua Surgical and Breast Group of Moorestown Virtua
Updated August 4, 2020
The GoFundMe page is now closed. For Stephanie Horton created by coworkers on behalf of her family: https://gf.me/u/yifx5h.