Police investigating apparent murder-suicide on Penn State Beaver campus

Penn State Beaver in Center Township, Pennsylvania, is about 40 miles from Youngstown

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CENTER TWP., Pa. (WKBN) – Two people are dead after an apparent murder-suicide on the Penn State Beaver campus Wednesday afternoon.

The victim has been identified by police as Lesli Kelly, a food services employee at the school. Police believe the shooter was her estranged husband, William Kelly.

Investigators are calling this an ambush.

“We are so sad that this tragedy happened on campus,” Chancellor Jennifer Cushman said.

The report of a shooting at Penn State Beaver brought a large police response to the university.

Police believe William Kelly pulled up in the parking lot of the food services building, known as the Bistro, and told Lesli he was going to deliver Christmas presents to her for the kids.

Investigators say the pair started talking, then William started shooting. He fired at least two handguns and police found about eight shell casings in the parking lot.

“Our campus is a public place and people can gain access, but our police are quite good. It was an unfortunate tragedy,” Cushman said.

Director of Public Relations April Johnson-Smith said it was finals week, so there weren’t as many students on campus.

It’s believed that Lesli filed reports of harassment with campus police within the last week.

“We’re vigilant and our police are doing everything they can to keep people safe,” Cushman said. “We’re happy that the situation is contained and we will be working on our grief together, as a community.”

All finals have been moved to Friday but the campus will remain open to students. Grief counselors will be on hand.

Penn State Beaver is about 40 miles from Youngstown.



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