Wednesday, November 5, 2014

Two Dead In YMCA Parking Lot

"COATESVILLE, PA — Police have identified the victim and alleged shooter involved in an apparent murder/suicide at a YMCA in Chester County.

"The victim has been identified as 41-year-old Jacinda Miller, a fitness instructor at the Brandywine YMCA. The shooter is identified as 42-year-old Dennis Cassel, who is described as Miller's estranged boyfriend.

"People who knew Jacinda Miller describe her as a fun-loving single mother of two who was quick with a smile, and always willing to help people in need.

"It was shortly after 6:00 p.m. Monday when gunfire was reported at the YMCA on the 200 block of Hurley Road in West Brandywine and the building was placed on lockdown.

"Authorities say Cassel showed up at the Brandywine YMCA where Miller worked and waited for her to arrive. When she did he reportedly jumped out of his vehicle, shot her once with a semi automatic handgun, and then kneeled next her body.

"When police arrived Cassel turned the gun on himself.

"Both were transported to Brandywine Hospital where they were pronounced dead from gunshot wounds."


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