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By JENNIFER FITCH | waynesboro@herald-mail.com | February 21, 2011
An advocate for ending domestic violence called Sunday’s murder-suicide in Fulton County, Pa., “hauntingly familiar” Monday as she talked about other situations in which assailants posted bail and killed shortly thereafter. Judy Yupcavage from the Pennsylvania Coalition Against Domestic Violence said the events in Ayr Township this weekend mirrored recent killings in such Pennsylvania communities as Scranton, New Cumberland and Lebanon. “I couldn’t tell you how many cases where this happened.
OPINION
May 3, 2011
The day was cold and raw, sputtering snow and rain coated the shale outcroppings of the valley with ice. The quiet of Sunday had settled on the little communities that dot Fulton County. Smoke curled upwards from chimneys as folks left church and noon dinner was being prepared. Ricky Hann, a sometime truck driver and general laborer, arrived at the home of his former girlfriend Tina Souders, a respected nurse, shortly before noon. According to news reports, Hann took Tina Souders from her home at gunpoint, in front of her mother and her two sons, ages 12 and 13, marched her into the woods behind their neat white house on Cito Road and killed her with two blasts from his shotgun, then taking his own life.
NEWS
January 13, 1998
Police confirm murder-suicide By RICHARD F. BELISLE Staff Writer, Waynesboro WAYNESBORO, Pa. - Pennsylvania State Police confirmed Tuesday that the shooting deaths of a man and woman whose bodies were found Monday in a Quincy Township, Pa., home were a murder-suicide. Autopsies on Shannon Shockey, 20, of 8319 Mentzer Gap Road, and Jay Wilbur Stouffer Jr., 30, of 23506 Ringgold Pike, Smithsburg, showed that Stouffer shot Shockey twice then shot himself, police said.
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February 22, 2011
Autopsies performed in a Fulton County, Pa., murder-suicide investigation found both victims died of gunshot wounds. Tina Souders, 39, died of multiple gunshot wounds, Fulton County Coroner Berley Souders said. Her death will be listed as homicide, he said. Ricky L. Hann, 51, died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound, Souders said. Pennsylvania State Police said Hann took Souders to a wooded area near her Cito Road home shortly before noon Sunday. He had been arrested Saturday for allegedly kidnapping her, then was released on bail.
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By JENNIFER FITCH | waynesboro@herald-mail.com | August 26, 2013
A couple who died in a murder-suicide over the weekend in Chambersburg was in the process of divorcing, according to documents filed in the Franklin County (Pa.) Court of Common Pleas. Gordon M. Brown, whom Pennsylvania State Police said fatally shot his wife and himself in their home, was seeking custody of their two sons. In his petition for custody, he claimed Kelly R. Brown filed for divorce and was “threatening to leave the home with the children.” Brown shot Kelly Brown in the head with a handgun, then shot himself with the same gun, according to state police.
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By ANDREA ROWLAND | June 10, 2000
LIBERTYTOWN, Md. - A Frederick County man shot his wife before killing himself Friday at the couple's home in Libertytown, the Frederick County Sheriff's Office reported. Dennis Earl Green, 52, was pronounced dead Friday in the yard of his 9206 Providence Ct. home, police said. Cathy Eileen Green, 41, died Saturday morning at the Shock Trauma Center in Baltimore, police said. The Frederick 911 center at 5:41 p.m. Friday received a call reporting a female screaming and shots fired at the Greens' address, police said.
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July 30, 2002
FREDERICK, Md. - A shooting that claimed the lives of a husband and wife in the 2600 block of Everly Drive in Worman's Mill may have been a murder/suicide, Frederick City Police said Monday. The couple, Julio Falcon, 44, and Tina Marie Falcon, 41, were found by their daughters lying in their kitchen at 9:46 a.m. Sunday, police said. Both had been shot in the head with a .38-caliber handgun, police said. Two bullets had been fired from the weapon, police said. Julio Falcon died at the scene and Tina Falcon died at Frederick Memorial Hospital, where she was pronounced dead at 9:17 p.m., a nursing supervisor said Sunday.
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April 24, 2009
MIDDLETOWN, Md. (AP) -- Scores of mourners in cars formed a solemn procession from a hilltop church to a Middletown cemetery after the funeral of five family members slain in a murder-suicide last week. The private service for Christopher Wood, Francie Billotti-Wood and their three young children was held Friday at the Holy Family Catholic Community church. As a church bell tolled, the procession led by two police motorcycles and a three hearses traveled past to cemetery near the center of the small western Maryland town of 2,900.
NEWS
November 30, 1999
A Hamilton Township couple was found dead inside their home Friday morning after a murder-suicide that occurred Thursday night, according to Pennsylvania State Police. Read the full story in Saturday's Herald-Mail newspapers.
NEWS
November 30, 1999
Three people were killed in an apparent murder-suicide Saturday afternoon on the Shepherd University campus. University spokeswoman Valerie Owens said a man shot two other men in a campus parking lot, then shot himself about 2 p.m. See Sunday's Herald-Mail for the full stories.
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By JENNIFER FITCH | waynesboro@herald-mail.com | August 26, 2013
A couple who died in a murder-suicide over the weekend in Chambersburg was in the process of divorcing, according to documents filed in the Franklin County (Pa.) Court of Common Pleas. Gordon M. Brown, whom Pennsylvania State Police said fatally shot his wife and himself in their home, was seeking custody of their two sons. In his petition for custody, he claimed Kelly R. Brown filed for divorce and was “threatening to leave the home with the children.” Brown shot Kelly Brown in the head with a handgun, then shot himself with the same gun, according to state police.
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OPINION
May 3, 2011
The day was cold and raw, sputtering snow and rain coated the shale outcroppings of the valley with ice. The quiet of Sunday had settled on the little communities that dot Fulton County. Smoke curled upwards from chimneys as folks left church and noon dinner was being prepared. Ricky Hann, a sometime truck driver and general laborer, arrived at the home of his former girlfriend Tina Souders, a respected nurse, shortly before noon. According to news reports, Hann took Tina Souders from her home at gunpoint, in front of her mother and her two sons, ages 12 and 13, marched her into the woods behind their neat white house on Cito Road and killed her with two blasts from his shotgun, then taking his own life.
NEWS
February 22, 2011
Autopsies performed in a Fulton County, Pa., murder-suicide investigation found both victims died of gunshot wounds. Tina Souders, 39, died of multiple gunshot wounds, Fulton County Coroner Berley Souders said. Her death will be listed as homicide, he said. Ricky L. Hann, 51, died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound, Souders said. Pennsylvania State Police said Hann took Souders to a wooded area near her Cito Road home shortly before noon Sunday. He had been arrested Saturday for allegedly kidnapping her, then was released on bail.
NEWS
By JENNIFER FITCH | waynesboro@herald-mail.com | February 21, 2011
An advocate for ending domestic violence called Sunday’s murder-suicide in Fulton County, Pa., “hauntingly familiar” Monday as she talked about other situations in which assailants posted bail and killed shortly thereafter. Judy Yupcavage from the Pennsylvania Coalition Against Domestic Violence said the events in Ayr Township this weekend mirrored recent killings in such Pennsylvania communities as Scranton, New Cumberland and Lebanon. “I couldn’t tell you how many cases where this happened.
NEWS
April 24, 2009
MIDDLETOWN, Md. (AP) -- Scores of mourners in cars formed a solemn procession from a hilltop church to a Middletown cemetery after the funeral of five family members slain in a murder-suicide last week. The private service for Christopher Wood, Francie Billotti-Wood and their three young children was held Friday at the Holy Family Catholic Community church. As a church bell tolled, the procession led by two police motorcycles and a three hearses traveled past to cemetery near the center of the small western Maryland town of 2,900.
NEWS
April 18, 2009
MIDDLETOWN, Md. -- An accountant for a railroad operator killed his wife and their three children before fatally shooting himself in their Middletown home, leaving a gruesome scene that was discovered Saturday by the youngsters' grandfather, authorities said. When investigators arrived at the two-story home, the couple's two sons, ages 5 and 4, lay dead in their beds, while the bodies of a 2-year-old daughter and the mother, Francis Billotti Wood, were in the master bedroom, Frederick County sheriff's office spokeswoman Jennifer Bailey said.
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By MATTHEW UMSTEAD | October 30, 2007
MARTINSBURG, W.VA. A man apparently shot his wife three times early Tuesday before taking his own life with the same gun while the couple's two children were asleep in their Berkeley County home, police said. Brant Gregory Kitzmiller, 32, and Tessia Ann Kitzmiller, 28, were found dead in the master bedroom at 95 Fawn Haven Court shortly after an emergency dispatcher received a 911 call at 3:14 a.m., according to Lt. Gary Harmison of the Berkeley County Sheriff's Department.
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By DON AINES | May 26, 2007
SHIPPENSBURG, Pa. - A woman wounded in a murder-suicide that left two men dead Thursday remained in critical condition at Hershey (Pa.) Medical Center on Friday, while the investigation of the man who was in the vehicle with the shooter was ongoing, according to Pennsylvania State Police. Rob Traylor, 21, of Fogelsanger Road, was killed in the 2 a.m. shooting and Jennifer Todd, 21, address unavailable, was shot several times, police said. The man who shot them, Steven David B'Sedek, 37, of 25 N. Washington St., later was found dead of a self-inflicted gunshot wound in his apartment, police said.
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by DON AINES | August 5, 2006
CHAMBERSBURG, PA. - A Hamilton Township couple was found dead inside their home Friday morning after a murder-suicide that occurred Thursday night, according to Pennsylvania State Police. Karen Lynn Johnston, 48, and Thomas William Johnston, 50, were pronounced dead at about 5:30 a.m. in a bedroom of their home at 94 Jameslee Drive, Cpl. Gary Carter said. Carter said Karen Johnston had been shot more than once with a handgun and Thomas Johnston died of a single gunshot wound to the head.
NEWS
July 30, 2002
FREDERICK, Md. - A shooting that claimed the lives of a husband and wife in the 2600 block of Everly Drive in Worman's Mill may have been a murder/suicide, Frederick City Police said Monday. The couple, Julio Falcon, 44, and Tina Marie Falcon, 41, were found by their daughters lying in their kitchen at 9:46 a.m. Sunday, police said. Both had been shot in the head with a .38-caliber handgun, police said. Two bullets had been fired from the weapon, police said. Julio Falcon died at the scene and Tina Falcon died at Frederick Memorial Hospital, where she was pronounced dead at 9:17 p.m., a nursing supervisor said Sunday.
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