Death – Girl watched mom get shot to death in Harrisburg home, court documents say

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A Harrisburg woman was shot and killed in a city home Tuesday night during a domestic violence incident, authorities said.

District Attorney Fran Chardo said Brian K. McCullough Jr., 36, has been charged with one count of criminal homicide in the death of Erika King.

McCullough went inside 1816 Boas Street and started firing around 9:30 p.m., as police were arriving at the scene, according to an affidavit of probable cause. Several bullets hit King while her daughter stood by, the affidavit said. Chardo said King’s daughter called 911.

King was pronounced dead at the scene, court documents said.

McCullough ran out of the home and was taken into custody outside, the affidavit said. Harrisburg police described the homicide as a domestic violence incident and said there was no threat to the public.

McCullough lives in Harrisburg on the 200 block of South 20th Street, according to the affidavit.

One neighbor, who only gave her first name Tanya, told PennLive she was aware of domestic issues at the home because she saw indications of abuse. Tanya has lived there for nearly three years and said the issues at the home spanned that whole time.

“All I know is [King] takes care of her kids, she works, and whatever else she does — I know she can handle hers.”

King has three children, according to Tanya.

“I just can’t believe a man would actually shoot a woman here,” she said.

The shooting was the city’s second this week and the 13th homicide of the year.

Staff writer Becky Metrick contributed to this report.

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What Is An Obituary

In national newspapers an obituary (obit for short) is a news article that reports the recent death of a prominent person. Although it tends to focus on positive aspects of the subject’s life this is not always the case. According to Nigel Farndale, the Obituaries Editor of The Times: “Obits should be life affirming rather than gloomy, but they should also be opinionated, leaving the reader with a strong sense of whether the subject lived a good life or bad; whether they were right or wrong in the handling of their public affairs.”

In local newspapers, an obituary may be published for any local resident upon death. A necrology is a register or list of records of the deaths of people related to a particular organization, group or field, which may only contain the sparsest details, or small obituaries. Historical necrologies can be important sources of information.