Pennsylvania Bride Fatally Shoots Niece During Wedding Party

Pennsylvania Bride Fatally Shoots Niece During Wedding Party

A new Pennsylvania bride ended up allegedly fatally shooting her niece with her groom’s handgun during an argument over which of them would be the designated driver after a wedding party, stated Pennsylvania police.

Authorities explained that Christina George-Harvan, age 30, of Conway, PA shot Katelyn Francis, age 21, of Fairmont, West Virginia, about 10 p.m. Thursday night in the parking lot of a bar located in the town of New Brighton, PA which is around 30 miles to the north of Pittsburgh.

George-Harvan’s wedding had been held earlier that day. According to police reports, Francis ended up passing away as she was being rushed to the hospital.

Police investigators explained that Francis was celebrating with the suspect and her new husband at a wedding party. It was reported that George-Harvan and Francis began arguing about who would have to be the designated driver of the party when the bride supposedly removed a gun from her new husband’s truck and fired at the victim.

New Brighton Police Chief Charles Vanfossan stated that to the Pennsylvania police department’s understanding, the entire occurrence happened because over basically who was going to have to be the designated driver for the evening. The only thing that George-Harvan stated she did was that she touched the weapon and it went off.

Attorney J. Lauson Cashdollar, who is representing the suspect, explained that his client was only attempting to move the firearm when it discharged.

A witness to the events on Thursday evening stated that everyone inside the bar noticed that there was something going on with the people in the parking lot but no one really knew exactly what was going on with them, but the next thing that happened was that everyone heard a gunshot.

Another witness said that she could hear the two women arguing  back and forth but that they were not loud enough to where she could make out what they were saying to each other.

A family friend said that the killing was unbelievable and insane, that it was a tragedy. She explained that Francis was like her child because she was the child of her best friend.

George-Harvan is currently being held in the county jail without any bond. She is facing one count of homicide, one count of reckless endangerment and two counts of assault. She will have a preliminary hearing on May 2.

The suspect allegedly fatally shot Francis with her new husband’s handgun during an argument over which of them would be the designated driver after the wedding party would be over, stated the Pennsylvania police.

Authorities explained that George-Harvan shot Francis about 10 p.m. on Thursday night in the parking lot of a bar located in the town of New Brighton, PA. It is about 30 miles to the north of Pittsburgh.

George-Harvan’s wedding had been held earlier that day. According to Pennsylvania police reports, Francis ended up passing away as she was being rushed to the hospital. It must be remembered that Francis was George-Harvan’s own niece.

By Kimberly Ruble

Sources:

ABC News

The Boston Globe

CBS News

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