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.

If you find our journalism valuable and relevant, please consider joining our Examiner membership program.
Find out more at www.sfexaminer.com/join/

Just Posted

Market Street goes car-free Wednesday — but can the new law be enforced?

Officials say simple rule will keep autos off SF’s main artery

Kobe Bryant, daughter Gianna among 9 dead in helicopter crash

Kobe Bryant, 41, the legendary basketball star who spent 20 years with… Continue reading

Don’t confuse exhaustion with lack of political might

2020 San Francisco Women’s March proves inspirational

‘Mad Mob’ aims to influence SF City Hall on mental health policies

They are fed up with City Hall telling those who need the services what’s best for them

‘Trump chicken returns to SF Bay with new companion

The Trump Chicken will return to San Francisco Bay on Saturday, but… Continue reading

Most Read