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Murder-suicide dead identified as Michelle Snyder and Robert Kislow III

By 69 News, follow: @69news, news@wfmz.com
Jaccii Farris, Reporter, JFarris@wfmz.com
Published On: Jul 29 2013 11:15:50 PM CDT
Updated On: Jul 31 2013 05:21:17 AM CDT

Why would a war hero shoot his girlfriend's mother and then turn the gun on himself?

MOORE TWP., Pa. -

Two people are dead following what police are calling a murder-suicide at a home built for a wounded veteran.

Police said they got a call for a report of a domestic assault in progress at 3001 Delps Road in Moore Township, Northampton County around 11:40 p.m. Monday.

Before they arrived, another report came in that a woman had been shot in the head.

When officers arrived, they found the female had been killed and a man was dead from what appeared to be a self-inflicted gunshot wound.

Killed were Michelle Snyder, 44, and Robert J. Kislow III, 27. Both resided at that address. 

Northampton County Coroner Zach Lysek reported Snyder was the victim of a homicide and died of a gunshot wound. The coroner ruled that Kislow committed suicide. He also died of a gunshot wound.

The coroner said Snyder was the mother of Kislow's fiancee.

Officials are calling the incident a murder-suicide and are not looking for any other suspects.

Police said  two children were in the home at the time of the shooting, but they are okay, as is their mother. They were able to get out of the house safely.

Just before midnight Monday, Kislow's neighbor was startled by banging at his front door. It was Kislow's fiancee.

"Frantic, she was shaking like a leaf, she talked with my wife and she said, 'Robert shot my mother'," said neighbor Allen Bohun.

Bohun said Kislow's fiancee left a baby with his wife and went back for the couple's toddler.

Investigators aren't saying what Kislow and his future mother-in-law fought about that spurred him to shoot her and then turn the gun on himself.

This isn't the first time that Moore Township address has been in the news.

The house was built in 2011 for Kislow, who was injured while serving in the Army in Afghanistan. He suffered a traumatic brain injury and his leg was amputated.

The Delps Road home was built by a group called Homes for Our Troops and was handicapped accessible for Kislow.

According to Northampton County property records, the house is still listed under Kislow's name.

His neighbors say they can't believe this hometown hero's story would end like this.

"To have my own adapted house is just going to take a million pounds off my back knowing that someone cares," said Kislow in a 2011 promotional YouTube video for the veterans group Homes for Our Troops.

Kislow beamed when talking about receiving the house on Delps Road.

"It's not going to be a struggle to start a family and live the American Dream," said Kislow.

But nearly two years later, that dream became a nightmare.

News of what happened quickly spread through this quiet community.

"I thought it's a sad situation," said neighbor Tim Proctor.

Proctor says this is the kind of place where neighbors help neighbors.

He says when Kislow's house was built, the people who live here thought he would fit right in.

Now their thoughts are on Kislow's fiancee and the couple's two small children.
"At least they will have a mother yet," said Proctor.