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Autopsy results awaited in Pa. shooting deaths

July 10, 1998|By RICHARD F. BELISLE

CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. - Kimberly Upperman and her 3-year-old daughter were asleep in the child's bedroom Thursday morning when they were shot to death by Upperman's husband, Brenton J. Upperman, who then turned the gun on himself, Chambersburg Police Chief Michael DeFrank said Friday.

The deaths of the three family members is "right up there with the worst I've seen in 15 years on the job here," DeFrank said.

An autopsy on the adults killed in the incident was being performed Friday, but DeFrank said he did not yet have the results.

Kenneth L. Peiffer Jr., coroner for Franklin County, could not be reached Friday.

DeFrank said the gun used in the shootings was a six-shot .38-caliber revolver. Kimberly Upperman and her daughter, Madalyn, were both shot twice. Brenton was shot once.

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All three were still in their night clothes, police said.

The bodies of the mother and daughter were found in the child's room.

The victims were found by Kimberly Upperman's mother when she came in around 7:45 a.m. to baby-sit her granddaughter, police said.

The couple had marital troubles but were trying to work them out, police said.

"We have no motive for the shootings. They were a good family in a good neighborhood," DeFrank said.

The Uppermans lived at 457 S. Seventh St. in an upper-middle-class neighborhood of neat homes and well-kept lawns.

Attempts to reach family members Friday were unsuccessful.

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