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Published On: Sun, Sep 29th, 2013

Family feud leads to deadly killing in Ashville, Pennsylvania

photo/Alan Cleaver

photo/Alan Cleaver

Family feud and hatred led to a deadly attack in the rural Ashville, 40 miles southwest of State College in central Pennsylvania, WTOP via Associated Press reports. The tragedy happened on Saturday when a couple invaded a home and killed the woman’s mother and brother, before they were shot by her father.

Virginia Cruse, a relative, identified the bodies of her 64-year-old sister Roberta Frew and the couple’s 47-year-old son. She identified the assaulters as Frew’s daughter, Josephine, and her husband, Jeff Ruckinger.

The father, identified as, John Frew was not injured.

Frew found the body of his wife at the front door, while the son lay cold in the kitchen during the home invasion. Later, he shot both the intruders – the daughter and her husband. The daughter, Josephine, died at the Altoona hospital.

Cruse said that the daughter did not get along with her mother and had “a hatred towards the family.” The family had disowned her when she, along with her boyfriend, had trashed her parent’s home, stole a pistol and fled to Pittsburgh.

The officials performed autopsies on the victims’ bodies on Saturday and the details of the tragedy was released at a news conference on Sunday.

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