7-Months-Pregnant Pa. Woman Shot by Her Boyfriend in Apparent Murder-Suicide: Officials
Michelle Krek was about seven months pregnant when she was reportedly shot and killed by her boyfriend, who then killed himself, police believe
Pennsylvania investigators believe that a 38-year-old man shot and killed his pregnant girlfriend on Wednesday evening before taking his own life, PEOPLE confirms.
Michelle Krek, 35, was approximately seven months pregnant when she was fatally shot by boyfriend Naader Rizk inside their apartment, according to a news release from the Washington County Coroner’s Office
Krek was reportedly expecting her child in May, official said.
A motive for the slaying remains unclear.
The news release states that a neighbor called 911 on Wednesday around 7:15 p.m., after hearing gunshots and finding bullet holes in the hallway outside the couple’s second-floor apartment in Cecil Township.
A SWAT team responded to the scene after responding officers knocked on the couple’s door and got no response, according to authorities.
A police robot armed with a camera entered the apartment and discovered the two bodies, the release states. (Cecil police did not immediately return messages seeking comment.)
Investigators suspect Rizk fatally shot Krek and then turned his gun on himself, according to the news release. The coroner’s office confirmed both victims died from gunshot wounds.
Detectives will continue to investigate what may have triggered Rizk’s deadly actions.
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“We have no idea what precipitated it,” said Police Chief Shawn Bukovinsky, according to the Observer-Reporter, noting here was no abuse history between the couple. “There were no letters or notes.”
Relatives told the paper the couple had been together for little over a year.
“They broke up five, maybe six [times] just in that one year,” Rizk’s mother, Marsha, reportedly said. “They didn’t get time to know each other.”
“Getting pregnant that quickly … Really, you don’t know the person until you’re with them for a while,” she said.
Krek’s second cousin December Ersek spoke to the Observer-Reporter and said the expectant mother “literally just sparkled.”
“Everyone loved Michelle. If anybody could light up a room when she walked in, it was her,” Ersek said. “I know a lot of good people, but she was one of those people who was just extraordinary.”