...A memorial viewing will be held at Richard H. Disque Funeral Home... from 5 to 8 p.m. Friday... In lieu of flowers, please consider a memorial gift in Cait’s honor to the American Cancer Society, www.cancer.org/donate, as she was passionate about her mother’s fight against breast cancer...
COMMENT FROM THE WEB:
"...What a terrible thing to do to such a beautiful young lady. Violence is NEVER the answer. I dont care how mad you get. I'm so mad at you Matt for doing this to Cait. How could you? Was it worth it?!?!? All her friends and family are sickened. Thank you for making our lives miserable. Cait was so full of life. How could you not love her?"
[How could he not love her...]
...McGuire was a graduate student at Marywood University... She played soccer at Dallas High School. "She was a right defender for me," Dallas soccer coach Chris Scharff said... We are all very sad. You don't know what to think. She was a part of our soccer family... very fiery" and added she had "that nice smile of hers. I could count on Cait to defend her position. She never backed down from anybody on the field..."
[MIND-READER] State Police Lt. Richard Krawetz:
"It was an argument that unfortunately escalated to what happened. It was nothing that was premeditated."
[Not premeditated? He knows this? Murder and suicide appear out of thin air?]
Pittston Township Assistant Chief Leonard Trotta:
"I'm shocked. We can't believe it. Feels like a bad dream"...
...For the last seven months Brokenshire was a patrolman with the Pittston Township Police Department. His supervisors said he was one of the best officers they ever had...
COP KILLS GIRLFRIEND, THEN SELF, SAY POLICE: Matthew Brokenshire and Caitlin McGuire argued before shots fired, state police say.
Wilkes Barre Times-Leader
By Edward Lewis
February 8, 2011
[Excerpts] A municipal police officer killed his girlfriend before taking his own life inside a house on West Eighth Street late Sunday night, state police at Wyoming said. State police identified the officer as Matthew Brokenshire, 24, of Mount Olivet Road, Kingston Township. Brokenshire fired a round from a 9mm handgun that struck Caitlin McGuire, 24, in the head, instantly killing her... “The investigation found the two were dating for about a year and had known each other for quite some time having graduated high school together,” said state police Lt. Richard Krawetz, supervisor of the criminal investigations unit. “It was an argument that unfortunately escalated to what happened. It was nothing that was premeditated”... [Full article here]
..."She has a million friends here and friends at home. This affects so many people"...
COUPLE'S ARGUMENT ENDS IN MURDER-SUICIDE
The Citizens Voice
By Michael P. Buffer and Bob Kalinowski
February 8, 2011
[Excerpts] A verbal argument turned deadly late Sunday night when a Pittston Township police officer shot his girlfriend with a 9mm handgun at her West Eighth Street home and turned the gun on himself, state police said Monday. Matthew Brokenshire, 24, shot Caitlin McGuire, 24, in the head at 11:30 p.m. Sunday after a verbal argument at her residence, 2297 W. Eighth St., had escalated, police said. McGuire was pronounced dead at the scene, while Brokenshire died shortly after arriving at Geisinger Wyoming Valley Medical Center, Plains Township. Before the murder-suicide, McGuire called a friend to say she and Brokenshire were arguing, and when the friend arrived at the home, she found the couple with gunshot wounds... They had been dating for about 10 months and knew each other for years, police said. Both graduated from Dallas High School in 2005... "He's the last person in the world I would ever expect to do something like this. This has me baffled," [township acting Police Chief Len] Trotta said Monday night. "Some of these kids, you give them a badge and a gun, and you have a crackpot. He wasn't like that. He was good officer and a gentleman"... Brokenshire last worked Saturday... McGuire was a graduate student at Marywood University, police said. She played soccer at Dallas High School. "She was a right defender for me," Dallas soccer coach Chris Scharff said Monday night. "She started three years for us. We are all very sad. You don't know what to think. She was a part of our soccer family"... Scharff described McGuire as "very fiery" and added she had "that nice smile of hers." "I could count on Cait to defend her position," he said. "She never backed down from anybody on the field. She was very tough. On the field, she just wanted to win. She was very competitive." [Full article here]
[PA] Jealousy may have played part
By Jim Murdoch
February 7, 2011
[Excerpts] A police officer and his girlfriend are dead... Investigators the two were shot just before midnight at a home near Dallas in Luzerne County... Pastor Leslie Halchak heads the Orange United Methodist Church next door and was shocked to hear the news about the murder-suicide just a few feet away. "It's just so sad that this is what people have to come to. It can't be worked out? What was so bad that couldn't be worked out?" asked Pastor Halchak. "There's no logic, rhyme or reason. We just need to turn to God and come up with a reasoning why and pray people can learn from this and realize it doesn't have to turnout like this"... For the last seven months Brokenshire was a patrolman with the Pittston Township Police Department. His supervisors said he was one of the best officers they ever had, and he will be missed. "His work was excellent. He had good behavior. His paperwork was always done. He was an excellent officer and no problems with him whatsoever," said Pittston Township Assistant Chief Leonard Trotta. "(I'm) shocked. We can't believe it. Feels like a bad dream." A friend of McGuire said she was a wonderful friend and she will be greatly missed... [Full article here]
February 8, 2011
[Excerpts] Jealousy may have been a motive in a deadly murder-suicide in Luzerne County. Friends of Cait McGuire are mourning her loss Tuesday. State police said she was shot and killed by her boyfriend, [Pittston Township police officer] Matt Brokenshire, late Sunday night... One of McGuire's friends who spoke with her just hours before she died said jealousy may be to blame. "Big goofball. Any time anyone needed anything she was there, concerned about everyone else before herself," said friend Missy Edmondson... McGuire is being remembered at the Theta Tau Omega sorority house near Bloomsburg with a display of photos and memories from her college days. "She has a million friends here and friends at home. This affects so many people," said friend Danielle Shelinsky. Another friend said McGuire and Brokenshire were going through a rough ending to their 10 month long relationship and he was jealous. The friend said, "I can not believe he took it this far. It's not fair. He took the most important person away from all of us just because he couldn't have her anymore"... "She was probably one of the funniest people you could ever meet, and she will be missed by more people than I can say," added Shelinsky... [Full article here]
COP KILLS BU ALUMNI IN MURDER-SUICIDE
Wed, Feb 09, 2011
[Excerpts] ...Troopers say Matthew Brokenshire, 24, shot and killed his girlfriend Caitlin McGuire. Investigators say they had been dating for roughly ten months.
"I'm dumbfounded. I mean, my heart is like palpitating here. It is just so sad," Leslie Halchak said. Halchak is the pastor of the Orange United Methodist Church which is right near the home where the murder-suicide took place... As news spread of the deadly dispute, two communities were in shock, communities that lost friends, neighbors and even one public servant... McGuire graduated in 2009 from Bloomsburg University, where she was a member of the Theta Tau Omega sorority. She was expected to graduate from Marywood University with her master’s degree in Educational Psychology in 2012. A memorial viewing will be held at Richard H. Disque Funeral Home Inc., 672 Memorial Highway in Dallas, PA from 5 to 8 p.m. Friday. Interment will be private. In lieu of flowers, please consider a memorial gift in Cait’s honor to the American Cancer Society, www.cancer.org/donate, as she was passionate about her mother’s fight against breast cancer... [Full article here]
CAITLIN PATRICIA MCGUIRE
Published February 9, 2011
Caitlin Patricia McGuire, of Dallas, passed away suddenly and too soon on Sunday, February 6, 2011... [Full The Times Leader Obituary here and Citizens Voice Obituary here.]
EXCERPTS FROM COMMENTS IN CAITLIN'S GUEST BOOK
This Guest Book will remain online until 3/11/2011.
...My greatest memory of Cait was her bright smile. I know there are no words that can possibly bring comfort. I just hope in time the memories you all have will comfort you. My deepest thoughts and prayers are with her family and friends at this time. Heaven certainly received an angel, and I just know she is with you all! <3>
...Praying that the memories of Cait give you strength to keep on, that you see her beauty in each new day, and that her love surrounds and comforts you always. She will be sadly missed by all but will continue to live on in the hearts of those who loved her forever.
...Anne...You and your family are in my thoughts and prayers as you deal with this shocking loss. My heart is breaking for you all.
...Cait and her friends were the first group of ninth graders I taught at Dallas and I was fortunate to have the opportunity to see her grow and mature into a strong young woman over the course of high school and college. Cait’s sense of humor, larger-than-life personality, and passionate demeanor will live in my memory for a life time. Please accept my deepest condolences and know that she has impacted countless lives and will be greatly missed
...Please know that Caitlin touched everyone's life that she met.
...My heart is hurting...........just like everyone elses who's reading this. My thoughts & prayers are with your family & friends. We shared such good times together with all the little kids and co-workers, they were blessed to have had such a wonderful teacher and friend. We laughed, and laughed more. How fortunate I was to have hired you! The memories will remain with us forever. Remember your favorite chicken wing place that you put in your phone under "Heaven", boy did we laugh, guess now you can eat all you want, whenever you want! Thanks for everything! We miss you!
...Cait, you were such a sweetheart and will be missed but never forgotten. Rest in peace.
...WE WATCHED CAITLIN GROW UP.WHEN A BABY SHE LOVED TO SWING ON MY MOM"S SWING. AS A YOUNG LADY SHE WAS ALWAYS FRIENDLY. SHE ALWAYS WAVED FROM THEIR YARD OR WHILE MOWING THE YARD. WE WILL MISS HER.OUR HEART FELT SYMPATHY GOES TO THE FAMILY.
...Caitlin grew up in our lives. when a baby she loved to swing on my mom"s porch., we saw her grow up into a friendly person. she always threw up her hand in a friendly salute when out in the yard or when mowing the grass. we know how much the family will miss her but we also will miss her. may she rest in peace. our love and prayers are with the family.
...Dear Cait, it has been an absolute joy knowing you, you have been taken from us way to soon,you will be missed very much.
...Cait, we played soccer against each other in high school and attended BU together as sorority sisters. Your affectionate smile and loving manner will be missed by everyone you came in contact with. The soccer field won't be the same without you. May angels whisper to your family and friends that you are safe and without pain.
...God bless her family and dearest friends. Caitlin was an amazing woman. She added so much joy and happiness to our lives. We are going to miss her. Life won't be the same without her. <3>
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