Death – Woman shot to death at Harrisburg homeless camp

Death – Obituary

A woman was killed in a shooting near a homeless camp in Harrisburg on Tuesday night, police announced Wednesday.

Officers were called to the area of South 10th and Mulberry Streets at 8:30 p.m. Tuesday, for a report of a dead woman, police said. Once at the scene, investigators found the woman and learned she had been shot.

A man living in the area told PennLive Wednesday that members of the homeless camp heard gunshots earlier in the evening, but didn’t think anything of it. He said hours later, someone found the woman and thought she died of natural causes.

The woman lived in the camp, but her space was closer to Cameron Street, the man said. She was found on the other end of South 10th Street, near an entrance to an industrial parking lot. On Wednesday afternoon, crime scene tape could still be seen hanging from bridge beams in the area.

Police spent several hours at the scene Tuesday night, and returned to the camp on Wednesday to look for evidence and witnesses, the man said.

People at the camp knew the woman who died as “Crystal” and the man said he believed she was in her 60s.

No motive for the shooting has been announced by police, but the man who spoke to PennLive said he believed it was a case of mistaken identity because Crystal didn’t drink, or do drugs, and “just wanted to help people.”

She was one of two women killed in Harrisburg Tuesday. Another woman, Erika King, was shot and killed in a city home during a domestic violence incident, authorities said. Brian K. McCullough Jr., 36, has been charged with one count of criminal homicide in that case.

Anyone with information on the shooting is asked to contact Harrisburg police at 717-558-6900. Tips can also be submitted through the department’s Crimewatch website. Police said there may be a Crime Stopper reward for information.

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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.