Police: Daughter Kills Mom, Brother; Dad Kills Daughter

1:14 PM, Sep 30, 2013   |    comments
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ASHVILLE, Pa. -- Authorities say an estranged daughter killed her mother with a sawed-off shotgun before her father killed her in self-defense, not realizing she was the daughter he hadn't seen in years.

Officials say Josephine and Jeffrey Ruckinger burst into the home Friday night and killed her mother and brother before the family patriarch opened fire himself, killing the assailants.

Authorities on Sunday said Josephine Ruckinger killed her mother, Roberta Frew, while her husband apparently killed John Frew Jr.

Cambria County District Attorney Kelly Callihan says investigators believe Josephine Ruckinger's father, John Frew, then killed her and her husband.

The attack happened at the Frew home in Ashville, a rural community about 40 miles southwest of State College.

A relative said Josephine Ruckinger had a long-standing feud with her family.

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