Community Reeling After Apparent Triple Murder-Suicide

SHALER (KDKA) — A community in the North Hills is trying to make sense of an apparent triple murder-suicide.

The killings happened at 404 Beulah Street in Shaler. The family had just moved to the home several weeks ago from Ross Township.

“Shock, everybody’s in shock,” Rose Williams, a neighbor, said. “Nobody slept last night – we were up until five o’clock this morning. It’s just unbelievable – they move in, they’re dead and they’re gone – it’s like unreal.”

Neighbors say the shooting happened around 10:30 p.m. Sunday.

Nick Skalos, a neighbor, said he was sitting on his porch when he heard an argument.

“Then I heard a couple gunshots go off and neighbors over there called 911, police and ambulance came rushing by my house,” he said.

Barry Hardesty, 43, was the father and apparent shooter. The mother, 38-year-old Lynette Gasparre, and two children, 7-year-old Quinn and 1-year-old Nina, were all killed.

“They 8-year-old girl was in the hallway leading back to the bedrooms,” Shaler Police Chief Jeff Gally said. “The mother and the infant were in the bed and the father was on the floor alongside the bed.”

It appears that the mother may have died trying to protect the baby.

“She was on top of the baby,” Gally said.

Neighbors say the family looked happy and normal on Sunday afternoon, throwing around a football in the yard. Nina was in a pool and Quinn was on her bicycle.

Jami Skalos, a friend of Quinn, left a note for her in the front yard saying she’d miss her.

“Well, I didn’t go to school and I’m upset and nervous and I don’t know what was going on – I was confused at first,” she said.

Jami’s father told KDKA-TV he doesn’t know how to explain the tragedy to his daughter.

Both of the deceased adults worked at Highmark in downtown Pittsburgh where counselors were made available for fellow co-workers.

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One Comment

  1. krutch44 says:

    highmark is out sourcing jobs to india and no news is covering it,could it be they were being phased out too?

    1. johnny69 says:

      That sounds like a plausable scenario. Lets keep sending our good paying jobs overseas to people that want to see us dead. just like that funny little H Ross guy said years ago.

  2. Glenn Weber says:

    There is no excuse for what he did…period! This is a dispicable act that is unfortunately happening more and more frequently these days. It is a pathetic display of cowardice and ignorance. I am ashamed and appalled at the state of things today when individuals, especially parents, take the “dispair” excuse to this level.

    My daughter plays with friends on that street, what if this guy decided to take others out as well or stray bullets would have hit others? Where would I be now?

  3. G2 says:

    Get a grip Glenn. I am not condoning what he did, but you or I don’t know their situation. This economy is killing people mentally or maybe he was diagnosed terminally ill and didn’t think his wife could handle it. None of us know what brought him to this and I hope his lord can forgive him and take care of all of them for eternity. Where they are now has to be a HELL of a lot better then where we are now.

  4. Melissa T. says:

    What an incredibly sad story. It makes me wonder if things might have ended differently if a gun hadn’t been so readily available in the house? Maybe the Father would have had a chance to get his head together and cool off. We will never know… But in the meantime, let ask ourselves if we truly have a need for guns in our houses.

    1. Jim says:

      Here we go again…. This gun debate has already cluttered up the original story’s comments. We get it, there are people like you who don’t like guns. There are people like me who do. This isn’t the place to debate it.

    2. Matthias says:

      You are correct, Melissa.

      Having the loaded gun so readily available made it easier to commit the crime.

      Without the gun, he just may have cooled off and thought it over differently.

      1. bg says:

        take a break on the gun debate bro…at least it was painless. would it have been better if he burned them alive or tortured them? give it a rest, you’re annoying.

  5. Heather S. says:

    Ms. Melissa,

    Guns don’t kill people, people kill people. If he didn’t have a gun he would have found another way. It’s very sad, but a man did this…a man….the means are irrelevant.

  6. Lee D says:

    The children…the children, if it was that bad harm yourself not your babies. They have not lived long enough to deserve such a tragic end.

  7. Glenn Weber says:

    G2- Sorry, but I firmly disagree with you on this point. It makes me sick that people try to find reasons to accept this type of act and find reasons to make it OK or empathize with the duress or mental instability of the individual who committed such a horrendous crime. There is no reason or cause to ever make it accepable.

    1. johnny69 says:

      nobody is trying to make it seem acceptable, Glen…but sometimes SOME of the less balanced folks just need a little shove and they react with terrible results. Some handle their despair better. No, there is no good reason for what he did, it is clearly insane. However, it is just natural to wonder what it was that caused him to BELIEVE that this was a good way to deal with it, IMO.

  8. rider says:

    How about praying for the family? i happen to personally know Quinn’s paternal family. Nothing about this makes any sense and never will

  9. Anonymous says:

    Thank You, I’m very sad to say that the father was my cousin. Our whole family is shocked by this, we never could have seen it coming in a million years. But I ask that you all please be respectful, you can not judge what you do not understand.

  10. Family Friend says:

    This will never make sense to anyone. He was like a brother to me. He was always there for me and I am sorry that I wasn’t there for him. What he did destroyed so many lives and I am sorry for that. THere is more to the story than people know and it may never get out. I am torn over greiving over the loss of a family member and have so much anger towards him for what he did to Lynn and to Nina and Quinn.

  11. Rhonda Randall McKinney says:

    I am very close with the father of Barry Jr., indeed this is a great tragedy to affect many lives, and I am truly sorry. I pray for all affected that you have some closure and peace soon, no one could ever be prepared for something like this. God Bless.

    Goodyear AZ

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