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Motive in Pa. shootings that killed 4 unknown

October 1, 2013
Associated Press

ASHVILLE, Pa. (AP) — Relatives of a Pennsylvania woman who shot her own mother with a 12-gauge shotgun are still struggling to understand what led to the violent outburst that ultimately left four family members dead.

The Altoona Mirror ( ) reports Tuesday that Roberta Frew's sisters say there was a history of ill-will in the family over a grandmother that Josephine Ruckinger took custody of, but that still doesn't explain the violence.

Ruckinger shot Frew, her mother, with the shotgun on Sept. 27 in what authorities call a home invasion. Ruckinger's husband, Jeffrey, also killed John Frew Jr., Josephine's brother.

The father of the family, John Frew, returned fire and killed both Josephine and Jeffrey. Police are still investigating, but they say it appears he was a victim and won't be charged.



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