Police Investigate Shaler Triple Murder-Suicide

SHALER (KDKA) – A family of four is dead after an apparent triple murder-suicide in Shaler Sunday night.

According to police, the incident happened at 404 Beulah Street.

Police responded to the scene after initial reports of an argument and shots being fired.

When police arrived, they found four people inside with gunshot wounds to the head.

“We have a young girl that’s in the hallway leading back to the bedroom. We have a mother and an infant in the bed in the bedroom and the father in the bedroom in and around the closet area,” Shaler Police Chief Jeff Gally said.

The gun used in the shooting is believed to be a .357 handgun.

The family had just moved in three to four weeks ago from Ross Township.

On Monday, neighbors placed flowers in front of the mailbox.

The family was seen outside their home Sunday afternoon enjoying the nice weather. The mother and father were playing catch with a football, while the oldest daughter rode her bike and the infant played in a small pool.

Their identities have not been released. There were no suicide notes left behind and the motive may never be known.

Autopsies are being performed to determine what role, if any, that drugs and alcohol may have played.

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    Condolences to the victim’s families of this senseless tragedy. It’s a shame that 3 innocent lives were lost because of a cowardly act.

    • Matthias

      Typical white on white crime

  • Charles

    .357 magnum? Horrible

  • Rich

    May he rot in hell!!! What a coward!!

  • kristy

    more unnecessary deaths due to gun violence.

    • Dan

      Would you feel better if they were pushed out of windows? God bless the victims.

    • bob

      maybe if she had a gun she could of killed this pig!!

      • Matthias

        could of? LOL

        could have

  • kristy

    yea, like THAT happens frequently. typical gun nut response.

    • Dan

      It wasn’t the gun that did this. It was the nut.

      • Matthias

        If the nut didn’t have a gun then the nut would not of had the means to commit the crime.

        It was clearly a crime of passion, and was “spur of the moment” in the decision making process.

        Take away the gun, he made have calmed down and this crime may not have occured.

    • Pico

      Kristy, you are pretty pathetic…you blame the tool, not the psycho who committed the murder. Are you really that stupid? Would blame the Honda, Chevy, Nissan, or Ford when a drunk driver kills someone with their car or would you blame the drunk who drove it? Just b/c some people drive drunk, should you take away everyone else’s car?

      God bless the family members.

      • Matthias

        Pico, you are a mental moron to compare cars to guns when it comes to acts of killing.

        Cars are a necessity in life.

        Guns are not.

        The drunk driver doesn’t deliberately go out to run another person over.

        The gun owner in this case did.

  • kristy

    a nut who had access to a gun . . .

    • Jackiebuggrl

      He would have found a way to kill them regardless. I’m so tired of people blaming the guns when its NOT the guns, its the people!

      • Matthias

        He would have Jackiebuggrl?

        You know this to be fact or is it your opinion?


  • Brian

    kristy, this guy was obviously crazy and would have done anything to kill his family. quit blaming the guns. and by the way I am not a gun nut, I am a responsible gun owner

  • Lauren

    Dan I agree 100%. If he didn’t have the gun, I’m sure he had access to a kitchen knife and his own bare hands could have done the deed. Poor family, too bad the coward couldn’t have just taken his own life.

    • brian

      The family would have at least had a chance to fight back if he used something other than a gun. A gun makes it so easy to kill that it’s almost unfair. That is why a lot of hunters have gone back to a bow and arrow.

  • Pray

    4 people are dead and Kristy turns it into a gun debate, I’ll pray for the family and for Kristy.

  • Flintrock

    Guns don’t kill, fingers do.

  • AgainstKristy

    Pull your head out of your opinionated @$$ and pray for the victims and their families affected by this tragedy!! If there is a will, there is a way… with or without a gun! Your pepper spray wouldn’t save your life if this were you!! My deepest sympathies go out to the families!

  • ROB

    I just don’t understand why these “cowards” have to kill innocent family members in whqt apparently looks like a disgruntled man whose life has gone to pot. What does killing your family give credance to your failures???

  • patty

    kristy is a liberal idiot!!

  • fed up

    I didn’t read anywhere that “HE” pulled the trigger. Regardless, they have families who are hurt and grieving right now. What a terrible tragedy. My thoughts and prayers go out to the families.

    • Guilty until proven innocent?

      I was thinking the exact same thing – while the headlines have read murder/SUICIDE, from the info in the articles, it isn’t clear to me that’s a fact. Why couldn’t the argument have been between the dad an some as-yet unknown assailant? The article said the murder weapon was “…believed to be…” a 357 magnun – why “believed to be” if the weapon was recovered (and one would assume that if the dad killed his family, then himself, he wouldn’t exactly have time to hide the gun before expiring!). Maybe he was found by the closet in the bedroom because that was where he kept a weapon of his own, and he was tryihg to get it to protect his family when he was shot. (Just trying to think outside the box here …)

      • Matthias

        If there was evidence of an intruder or another person, the police would have reported it.

        Go watch JFK.

  • FedUp

    What a tragedy . . .thoughts and prayers to the family and friends of the victims. How sad.

  • Georgia

    Thoughts and prayers to the family, friends and co-workers of the victimes..very tragic.

    as for people saying stuff you should shut up and have some respect if not for the man then the family who would be reading this stuff…and you dont know how this persons life was and what happened they could of had a great job.

  • Think


    if he/she didnt have a gun he/she would have used a knife, should we take all the knives out of the kitchen?

    • Matthias

      @ Thnk,

      Are not knives used for eating?

      Are guns used for eating? LOL

      Ask yourself, what is the intended purpose of both of these objects:

      Kitchen knife
      Hand gun

      • Dee

        Matthias – you have a lot of time on your hands, don’t you? Obviously not hugged much as a child.

  • Joe

    a gun is a weapon of cowards!

  • Brad

    We can’t take the knives out of the kitchen, how else would kristy cook for us?

  • Dr. Nuts

    It would be really tragic if we got rid of all our guns then two days later Kristy gets hit by a car.

    • Abby

      Dear Matthias,

      Kristy seems to have brought this upon herself (and therefore does not need your defending…but who said chivalry was dead?!?!), with her antagonizing comments about “gun nuts.”

      I just find it appalling that people can take such a tragic story and turn it into a finger pointing blame game.

      • Matthias

        @ Abby,

        Maybe she did, but all of the name-calling she endured afterwards was uncalled for and hypocritical too.

        The fact is this… if he didn’t have a loaded .357, the murder may have not have taken place.

        A spur of the moment decision to commit this terrible act may have been prevented if the act wasn’t so easy to act upon… enter loaded .357.

        And thank you for your civility. :)

      • Matthias


        The main point being is this…

        1. Having the gun may have made his decision easier than if he did not.

        2. When walking into that bedroom pointing a loaded gun at the intended victims leaves virtually no rears for the victims. However, if he had a knife instead, the lady victim would have had a chance to defend herself and at least the infant too.

      • Abby

        Right back at you, my friend.

        I find one glaring flaw in your argument…you claim that if he had not had the loaded gun the murder MAY not have taken place and this terrible act MAY have been prevented.

        I feel that the bottom line is no one can make conjectures about what this man would or would not have done, there is just no way of knowing. You yourself even admit that if he did not have a gun it only MAY have prevented three murders. Out of respect for the people involved, I feel that this argument is a moot point and should be held in a different forum.

    • Matthias

      You conservative rightwing whackos who follow Rush, Sean and that other moron, Beck crack me up every time.

      Comparing guns to cars as murder weapons is so ludicrous that it is hilarious.

      Stating that being pushed out of a window would be easy as using a gun made me LOL.

      Then the knives argument… oh boy, chuckles. A person has a much greater chance to escape a lunging knife over a speeding bullet.

      gotta love yinzer redneck gunlovers.

      • Matthias

        Hate? No, sir. I have no hatred in my heart. I have and feel pity for those who are “pinned” to either side of the political spectrum.

      • Matthias


        Praying or sending condolences to the victim’s family is a non-sequitor regarding my replies here. Kristy was being bashed by rightwing whackos and I stuck up for her.

        About the knife vs. gun – the mother may have been able to fend off the would-be attacker if he had a knife. Maybe she wouldn’t have. However, a loaded gun in the hands of a person who “loses it” makes it that much more easy for the person to commit the crime.

        Take away the gun, which serves no purpose to begin with, and there is a distinct possibility that the crime does not happen.

        As for time on my hands, that is my business and not yours.

      • Dave

        Keep spreading your liberal love. Must be rough having so much hate in your life.

      • Abby

        1. Yes, Matthias, it would be logical to assume an infant and young girl could have evaded a grown man trying to kill them.

        2. Instead of turning this into a mudslinging match and hurling insults at “conservatives” (apparently you believe that everyone who has an opinion other than you is a conservative), why not just say a prayer for the family and recognize it for what it is…a horrific crime.

        3. Judging by your numerous posts, you have way too much time on your hands.

      • brian

        I agree with you, the wife could have turned the knife on him and saved the rest. Not nearly as possible with a gun. Only a neanderthal can’t understand the difference.

  • jason

    My father just moved out of this house 3 weeks ago. I just don’t understand how a father could do this to his family.

  • jason

    My father just moved out of this house 3 weeks ago.
    I just don’t understand how a father could do this to his family.

  • bob

    drunken drivers kill more people than guns..Kristy take the booze off the market? Pathetic focusing on the gun instead of the killer!! typical liberal.

    • Matthias

      Drunken drivers kill more people than guns, Bob? lol

      Link to that statistic, please.

      Again, vehicles are a necessity, guns are not.

      Your analogy is weak.

      There is an indirect relationship between drunk drivers/alcohol/cars/death – unintentional

      There is a direct relationship between guns/death – intentional. Throw in the alcohol factor and then it is worse – guns/alcohol/death, again intentional

      • Factoid

        Even if you had the link it would still be flawed, there are more cars on the roads then there are firearms in private procession.
        BTW I looked for a link, what I found in 2005- 43, 443 total deaths due to vehicle accidents that includes alcohol, speed, weather, underage/unlicensed drivers and vehicle failure. In the same year there were 30, 694 homicides by firearms (no information weather alcohol, speed, weather, gun failure was a factor.)
        Matthias I agree with most of your arguments but feel I need to say, i don’t know how I would get by without my car but people do. Cars are a luxury and certainly make life easier but they are not a necessity. Also, driving a car is a privilege not a right although there are a whole lot of people out their that think it is….just like they think a lot of other things are rights that aren’t!

  • sami

    that is right kill two kids and there mother and the kids had a long life head of them and now there cant grow up have kids of there own and get married that is so sad and the guy that did it needs to go to hell

  • Deb

    The nut who killed his girlfriend in Ellwood City esterday didn’t use a gun. He used his hands to kill her! A nut is a nut with or without a weapon. If they don’t have a gun they will use a knife, ball bat or their bare hands! Get off the gun issue and how about praying for this woman and her 2 small children that this coward murdered!!

    • brian

      Wow you described one example, statistics aren’t your strong point are they?

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