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Coroner: Victim in Warrington Twp. double-murder suicide was divorcing husband
A double-murder suicide Friday night in Warrington Township is the fourth domestic murder-suicide incident, or attempt, in York County in about a month, York County Coroner Pam Gay said.
Laurie Kepner, 53, of West Manchester Township, went to her former home at 1615 Lisburn Road with friend Barbara Schrum, 55, of Dover, the coroner said.
"She had not been living there for several months," Gay said of Kepner. "It was our understanding she came back to get a few things."
She and Martin Kepner, 60, of that address, were in the process of divorcing, according to Gay.
Kepner fatally shot both women, then turned the gun on himself, she said. No autopsies are planned.
All three died of gunshot wounds to the head, and Schrum also suffered "sharp-force trauma" to her neck, which contributed to her death, Gay said. Sharp-force trauma includes stabbing and slashing wounds.
State police responded to the house at about 8 p.m. Friday and are investigating.
Friday night's killings bring York County's domestic-violence death total to eight so far this year, in which nine people were shot.
On April 29, Jennifer Liszewski, 36, of East Franklin Street in New Freedom, shot her 11-year-old son Eryk Liszewski, then shot herself in the head inside their home, police have said.
Eryk survived and is making "remarkable progress," according to his father, John Liszewski.
Jennifer Liszewski died May 4 in York Hospital.
Samantha "Sami" Young, 21, of York Township, died of multiple stab wounds April 19 inside the Wrightsville home of her daughter's father, Marcus James Bordelon, according to police.
The two were estranged, but Young had gone there to retrieve their baby daughter after Bordelon contacted her to say something was wrong with the child, according to Young's family.
Bordelon, 21, of 121 Chestnut St., is in York County Prison without bail, charged with homicide in Young's death.
And three people died in a domestic-related confrontation in which a husband killed his wife and his friend inside a Springettsbury Township motel room, also on April 19.
Shaquana Graham, 33, of Spring Garden Township, died of a single gunshot wound to the head and Khristopher Pittman, 25, of Baltimore, died of a gunshot wound to the chest, killed by Donnell Graham Sr., according to the York County Coroner's Office.
Donnell Graham Sr., 35, of Spring Garden Township, then fatally shot himself in the head inside the room at the Quality Inn & Suites at 2600 E. Market St.
Gay said she intends to speak publicly about the grave dangers of domestic violence, especially for people who are in the process of leaving, or who have just left, their spouses or partners.
"We are told from domestic-violence experts that that's one of the most vulnerable times for violence to occur in these situations," she said.
Gay said she understands why people want to return to a violent home to retrieve items of monetary or sentimental value. But it can be too dangerous without a police escort, she warned.
"Your life is much more important ... than things," she said.
The number of domestic-violence homicides this year in York County is high, Gay acknowledged.
"We have years that are better than some, but obviously this is among the worst years we've had in a while -- to have that many in such a short time," she said.
Friday night's violence "devastated three families ... or more," Gay said.