2009-10-15 / Local & State

Police Probe 2 Murder-Suicides On One Night

PHILADELPHIA (AP) – Homicide detectives in Philadelphia are investigating two unrelated murder-suicides that occurred on the same night.

Police say 60-year-old Motria Kushnir shot her 89-yearold mother, Irene, and then turned the gun on herself shortly after 7 p.m. Thursday in her mother’s home in the East Mount Airy section of Northwest Philadelphia.

Less than two hours later in the Somerton section of Northeast Philadelphia, police say 43- year-old Edward Atkinson shot his 35-year-old estranged wife, Angela, to death and then killed himself. Riehl says the couple had a history of domestic violence and the woman had a protection from-abuse order against her husband.

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