Woman killed in Christmas Day baseball bat attack was long-time lecturer at San Jose State

A woman who police say was killed by her adult son on Christmas morning in unincorporated Gilroy was a long-time lecturer at San Jose State University, according to university officials.

Claudia Salewske was a lecturer in the university’s Department of English and Comparative Literature from August 2000 to July 2013.

“On behalf of the San Jose State University community, I would like to express our condolences to all who knew and loved Claudia Salewske,” SJSU Provost Andy Feinstein said in a statement. “I understand she was a valued colleague and friend to many at San Jose State.”

Her son, 39-year-old Matthew Salewske, was arrested after sheriff’s deputies responded at about 11 a.m. Sunday to a report of a domestic disturbance at a home in the 2000 block of Roop Road, sheriff’s officials said.

Deputies found Claudia Salewske, 70, with significant head trauma. She was taken to the hospital but died a few hours later.

Matthew Salewske was arrested on suspicion of murder, according to the sheriff’s office. The investigation into the homicide is ongoing and no other details about the case were immediately released.

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