MARSHALL-SHADELAND (KDKA) — Two bodies were found in a Marshall-Shadeland home Monday afternoon.
Two Pittsburgh women, who lived next door to each other and were described as close friends, were found dead around 4:15 p.m. in a home at 1549 Geyer Avenue.
Police said they did not believe foul play was involved in their deaths and there was no forced entry into the home. Investigators suspect both women died of drug overdoses.
Wanda Frederick, who lives nearby, said, “I did not believe anything like this could happen to them two, especially them two. To find them in their like that.”
A boy who lived close by went to the home to check on a dog owned by one of the women.
Neighbors identified the women as 48-year-old Serena Hardy and 59-year old Maryanne Roose. They were found in Hardy’s apartment.
Sandra Jordan, a friend of Hardy’s, told KDKA-TV’s Ralph Iannotti, “The two women would barbecue outside. They decorated their houses for all the holidays. There was no animosity between white and black, we stuck together.”
The pastor of a neighborhood church showed up at the scene to comfort friends and neighbors. He said he knew Roose well, and she was an usher at his church.
Pastor Frank Tillman, Jr., the leader of Christian Fellowship Center Church, said she was just at Sunday’s church services the day before.
“We had prayers with her, she was in a prayer line, it’s a great loss,” he said.
Another neighbor, Jeannie Lambing, who says she had known the victims for about 10 years, said tearfully, “Miss Mary, the one that lived in this house, she was everybody’s grandma. She took everybody under her wing. And, Serena, she just did her thing. She went to work, came home, took care of her dog and her sisters.”
The investigation is ongoing.