Report: Girl Called Grandmother Before Triple Murder-Suicide

SHALER (KDKA) – A little girl reportedly made a frantic phone call to her grandmother moments before she was shot and killed in Shaler Sunday night.

According to a report in the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, 7-year-old Quinn Gasparre called her grandmother as her mother, Lynette, and 48-year-old Barry Hardesty were arguing.

Quinn’s grandmother could hear Hardesty screaming in the background. He was allegedly threatening to kill Quinn’s biological father, who lives in New York.

The girl quickly hung up the phone and was allegedly shot by Hardesty some time later.

Sources tell KDKA Barry Hardesty may have been suffering from depression and taking anti-depressants and anti-ianxiety medication.

The family had just moved to Shaler from Ross Township a few weeks ago.

“I got a phone call from Highcliff Elementary, a recording about the death of a little girl. And I thought it might be her because Quinn’s an odd name. And then I called the school and spoke with them and it was her and I was terrified. I was just shocked,” neighbor Cindy Scott-McDonough said.

“She was nice, she always did her work. She was always quiet. She never got in trouble,” Tom McDonough said.

Grief counselors were called to the school to help her friends deal with the tragic loss of a friend and classmate.

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  • Thomas J Duttine

    When some coward wants to take his or her own life why do they take innocents with them??

  • bjveraldi

    That poor little girl-and that poor grandmother-imagine how she feels right now.

  • Patsy A.

    A few minutes into my shift my sister called and said that she had heard that a waitress was found murdered last night and was calling to see if it was me. I said that is very rude of you to call my job to see if I am dead, she ignored me and said ‘well it’s not you I’ll let you get back to work’. I haven’t communicated with her in almost twenty five years and don’t plan to.

    What type of a sick person calls a school just to confirm that a child has been killed and then talks very eagerly to the news media about, Cindy Scott- McDonough is a busy body and social climber with no shame that should not have called or discussed anything about a family she really knew nothing about.

    Judging from the picture Quinn was very beautiful like her mother and it’s sad that this happened at all.

    • Ali

      It seems like your sister is a caring person who was just worried about you. Who in their right mind gets upset because someone who loves them checked on them? I would personally be honored that someone loved me enough to call and make sure I was okay.

      • mary

        I agree , hopefully you and your sister can mend fences, To me she extended the olive branch and you chose to throw one? Family is IMPORTANT.

    • PatsyIsShiet

      Sounds like your sister hit the jackpot by never having to speak to you again. What type of sick person disowns their sister because they cared enough to check on them? I think your real name is Patsy Arsehole.

      • ENFORCER

        No doubt Patsy is one of the thousands of medicated individuals walking the face of the Earth and driving on our roadways. What a GOOF! Sister is concerned and calls to check on welfare. Change your dosage Sweetheart…it ain’t workin’ for ya!

      • Heather

        Patsy, do you have comprehension problems? I ask this because the school called her first and she called them back. She had a recorded message that a child was killed, she called them back (you know, given they called her to start with) to find out what was going on.

    • getoveryourself

      Where do you waitress? Remind me to never eat there.

    • Mel

      Why would you use sucha tragedyas a platform to bash someoneyou obviously dislike?

      This tragedy should bring sadness and awareness, not hate and more anger. It should make everyone take a second to realize how short life can be and how unexpectidly it can be taken.

      Re-read the story!!!

      The school called her!
      Schools send out pre-recorded messages for important info. and emergencies that generates a call to ALL parents. I am a Shaler resident with an elementary school child and was afraid we would be receiving this same type of call.
      Although we didn’t, I am still so saddened. Just a few streets away and such inncoent lives lost.

    • Lauren

      wow, you are a cold hearted hag. You don’t get tipped very well, do you?

    • my2cents

      I’m glad I don’t have the displeasure of knowing you.

  • harry

    Patsy, do you think it was alll going to be kept a secret?????? Or are you just out of your mind, the lady that called the school was the neighbor, what a moron you are. This is a prime example of just how short life can be!!! maybe you should focus on rebuilding your relationship with your sister, 25 years is a long time.

  • marcia

    I agree. Sounds like you are a very harsh, mean spirited woman. Would it be better if the mother and child were not “beautiful”. Maybe you should pray that God opens your eyes to see you are wrong here. I would try to make amends with my sister.

  • Mel

    The school called her!
    Schools send out pre-recorded messages for important info. and emergencies that generates a call to ALL parents. I am a Shaler resident with an elementary school child and was afraid we would be receiving this same type of call.
    Although we didn’t, I am still so saddened. Just a few streets away and such inncoent lives lost.

  • Binx

    Very tragic, indeed. Love to the family for their terrible loss. I wish it wouldn’t happen that people take innocent lives with them.

  • What about Quinn

    What about the family and relatives of the family and how they feel, instead you leave posts about Patsy.
    F you and everyone that looks like you , selfish cowards.

  • Lisa Ann Owens Heminger

    My heart and prayers go out to the family for your tragic lost!! May the mother and children R.I.P. So sad that it shouldve never came to a tragedy like this!!

  • Eyes Wide Open

    Thank you Quinn, my sentiments exactly. We have a horrible tradedy and idiots are bickering about something completely irrelevant. I pray for their family and their friends. I live very close to where this happened and had friends die in a similar crime back in 2003, in Shaler. My heart goes out to them.

  • Pablo

    How do you spell TRAGEDY wrong and then spell idiot in the same sentence to refer people whom are speaking off topic, now that’s quite irrelevant..

    Poor little girl she deserved better!

    • Eyes Wide Open

      So sorry to not meet your rigorous standards. I actually have a job and can only make quick comments. I don’t have time to troll all day at home in my mom’s basement.

    • Mel

      Poor little girls and Mom all deserve better!
      Instead of insulting each other here, why dosn’t everyone take that time to place some flowers, a card, a teddy bear, etc… or just say a prayer.
      There are so few placed. The horrible scene of yellow tape needs a brighter remembrance and prayers.

      • Matthias

        @ Mel,

        for what reason? Will it bring the dead back to life?

      • Jamie


        Because some people like Mel show respect, something you obviously don’t show. Your smart comments really aren’t necessary, especially when two innocent children and a mother was tragically killed. This page is not meant for you to bash others comments.

      • Matthias

        @ Jamie,

        Get off your high horse… Show respect to whom? If you think for one moment the family of those tragically killed care one rat’s behind about this message board then you are kooky, and if they did they would be kooky too.

  • Jamie

    Patsy, WGAF about your situation with your sister and your two cents, you must be a very miserable person. Innocent lives were taken tragically. My prayers continue to go out to the family, I cannot imagine the grief they must be going through. This is truely sad to see such young lives taken away so young.

  • Len

    RIP to the people who are no longer with us, my thoughts and prayers go out to the family, and all this little girl’s friends and the township of Shaler as a whole. For those of you who like to add a story of their disfunctional family do us all a favor, take your feelings elsewhere this is not the place for any of it.

  • Len

    Allow me to retort where I think you should take your disfunctional family issues how about, Mercy Behavioral Health because you gotta have something wrong with your head to write this stuff when such a tragedy has taken place. Focus on the fact that innocent people lost their lives here, and if you can’t focus on that point then go to your next table and ask would you like fries with that…… Absolutely ridiculous that there are people like this walking amongst such good hearted people.

  • suqyq2

    Shooter was on – you guessed it – antidepressants.

    They have murder as a side effect.

  • Matthias

    “Medication time. Medication time.” – Nurse Ratchet

    • JustSaying

      Matthias, go back to your TV reruns and leave the adult conversations to those who are capable and competent, neither of which I believe you to be.

      • Matthias


        You should just say nothing.

        I don’t indulge in TV reruns.

        Now go sit with your mommy and watch Barney.

      • Lisa

        Have you been reading his posts? This is status quo for him.

  • Eyes Wide Open

    Wow Matthias, you took American Lit. 100, good for you. Great quote as well, Kensey is about as deep as the shallow end of the North Park pool. Here is something a little more appropriate for this terrible act that was committed against innocent lives.

    Sunset and evening star,
    And one clear call for me!
    And may there be no moaning of the bar,
    When I put out to sea . . .
    Twilight and evening bell,
    And after that the dark!
    And may there be no sadness of farewell,
    When I embark;
    For tho’ from out our bourne of Time and Place
    The flood may bear me far,
    I hope to see my Pilot face to face
    When I have crost the bar.

    -Alfred Lord Tennyson

    Nice try, now hurry back to CCAC North.

    • Matthias

      The reason why I posted the quote in question obviously went right over your head.

      Now, hurry back to class… Teacher is going to be giving out stars this afternoon.

  • dguy

    the killer was taking anti-depressant and anti-anxiety medication so he was in therapy and obviously
    it didn’t work. the fact is all these psycho babble gurus, writers and experts do not know how to predict or identify violence
    before it happends.

    i’m wondering if the killer was yet another “war hero” who slaughtered countless iraqis and had no value for life. what do you
    really expect? that they will murder defenseless iraqis but value the life of americans once they get back?

    i feel sorry for the murdered woman and the little girl. two innocent lifes murdered by a psychopath.

    anti-depressants are like stimulants and this wacko should not have been on them. he needed to be sedated not

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