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Friends React To Death Of Butler Co. Couple

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BRADY TOWNSHIP (KDKA) – A 40-year-old man sits in a New Jersey jail cell tonight. He is charged with the murder of his father and step mother in Butler County.

According to police, Colin Abbott told friends and family that his parents died in a fiery car wreck last week.

However, State Police now know what really happened to Kenneth and Celeste Abbott.

Their remains were found on their 25-acre property last night in Brady Township, Butler County.

Friends who knew the couple are still shocked over the news of their deaths.

The owner of Luigi’s in Slippery Rock said his restaurant was the first place the couple ate at five years ago.

Bill Carr said Kennneth Abbott made it a point to introduce himself that day, which underscores the friendliness he could be measured by.

“He was pretty community-oriented. He’s one of the people that liked to write letters to the editor of the Butler Eagle. That type of person, he loved speaking his mind politically,” Carr said.

Carr said he remembered seeing Abbott with his son, Colin, at a local classic car show. Colin is now charged with two counts of homicide in the murders of his father and step mother.

“Hard to understand. [I] thought it was a car accident. It’s shocking,” Carr said.

“It’s somewhat unbelievable. Ken and Celeste were just good people. It’s like any of us, you just can’t imagine anyone being treated that way,” Mike Bencic said.

Bencic is the majority owner of the Slippery Rock Sliders and Kenneth Abbott was a minority owner.

“He will be sadly missed obviously and Celeste as well. She was just very kind-hearted, very warm, easy to get along with. Just a great person,” Bencic said.

There is no word on when Colin Abbott will be returned to Pennsylvania.

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