Death – Woman killed in Harrisburg; person in custody

Death – Obituary

A woman was fatally shot in Harrisburg Tuesday night and police have a person in custody.

The shooting was reported about 9 p.m. in the 1800 block of Boas Street.

When police arrived, they found the woman’s body and roped off several sets of duplexes on the block and two vehicles inside their crime scene tape.

Immediate neighbors sat on their porches watching as police and coroner investigators went into and out of at least one home.

Police Lt. Kyle Gautsch said it was believed to be a domestic incident and no one else was injured. He described it as an isolated incident and said there was no threat to the public. Police were interviewing one person they took into custody.

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 she takes care of her kids, she works, and whatever else she does- I know she can handle hers.”

Tanya said the woman had three children.

While the sound of gunshots isn’t unusual in the neighborhood, Tanya said she was surprised that it was two doors down from her.

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

Police did not confirm that the person in custody was a man.

The shooting marked the second one this week and the 13th homicide of the year in the city.

1800 Boas

Police investigate after a fatal shooting in the 1800 block of Boas Street.


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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.