ROSS TOWNSHIP (KDKA) — Police say a domestic disturbance led to Sunday night’s triple murder-suicide in Shaler Township.
People who knew the innocent victims were continuing to express shock and disbelief about the tragedy.
Shaler Police say Lynette Gasparre, and her two daughters, including a 14-month-old and a 7-year-old, were all fatally wounded by 48-year-old Barry Hardesty in their Beulah Road home.
Before moving to Shaler, the family lived on Sylvia Avenue in Ross Township.
“[Quinn] played with my granddaughter all the time,” David Bartosh, a neighbor, said. “It’s hard to believe.”
“I went with her [Lynette], Quinn, and the baby to the park before with my daughter,” Bartosh’s daughter, Claire said.
She added that her daughter slept over Gasparre’s home before.
“Now knowing this [the triple murder], it just scares me, I wish I would have never let my daughter over there,” Bartosh said.
Quinn was in the third grade at the Highcliff Elementary School in the North Hills School District. The principal sent home letters to parents on Monday, saying, in part counselors visited third grade classrooms earlier in the day to share the difficult news and to begin the process of grieving a lost friend.