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Three Die from Gunshot Wounds in New Hanover
Written by Staff Report

            Three people died from gunshot wounds sustained Monday night during a domestic incident in New Hanover Township.

            Gerald E. Mihalcik, 78, murdered his son Stephen J. Mihalcik, 56, and his daughter-in-law Rebecca Hall Evans, 51. Gerald Mihalcik then killed himself, according to information provided Tuesday afternoon by the Montgomery County District Attorney's Office.

            All three adults, plus two children, lived at the house in the 2900 block of Reifsnyder Road.

            New Hanover police, who arrived at the home at 8:07 p.m. in response to a reported shooting, located Evans and Gerald Mihalcik both dead of apparent gunshot wounds. Stephen Mihalcik was found alive and transported to Reading Hospital. However, he died during treatment.

            An autopsy of Stephen Mihalcik, conducted by the Berks County Coroner's Office, found his cause of death was multiple gunshot wounds to the head, and the manner of death was homicide, according to the news release.

            Separate autopsies completed by the Montgomery County coroner found both causes of death for Evans and Gerald E. Mihalcik to be gunshots to the head. They deemed the manner of Evans' death as a homicide and Gerald E. Mihalcik's death as a suicide.

            Stephen Mihalchik and Evans are listed as the owners of the property. They purchased it on Jan. 9 for $1 from the Stephen J Mihalcik Revocable Living Trust, according to property tax information posted on the county's website.

            "This is such a tragedy and my heart does go out to the surviving family members," Montgomery County District Attorney Kevin Steele said in a prepared statement. "We are seeing more domestic violence homicides in Montgomery County this year than ever before. If you are living in a violent situation at home, please call for help."

            The release informed the public that the police will respond with a call to 911. Other agencies that can provide assistance include Laurel House (1-800-642-3150) and the Women's Center of Montgomery County (1-800-773-2424). Both can provide help with obtaining Protection from Abuse Orders, safe shelter and other resources, according to the release.





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