A Pennsylvania man killed his wife before fatally shooting himself – only three days after the couple had celebrated their daughter’s fifth birthday, police say. Matthew Eberhardt, 45, fatally shot his wife Kristin, 42, on the doorstep of their Northampton, Pennsylvania home on Tuesday night, the Morning Call reports. He then killed himself, police said.
WFMZ reports that both children were inside the home during the shootings. Neighbors described a happy and sociable family that had just thrown their daughter a birthday party over the weekend and were shocked by the murder-suicide. One neighbor told the Morning Call that Matthew was ‘a super-nice, down-to-earth guy’ and described Kristin as ‘very nice’. Neighbors said that Matthew had operated an excavator for a construction company. Kristin had been employed at Porzio Life Sciences LLC as a senior regulatory analyst and had been with her company for more than a decade.
‘She was a very dedicated, wonderful young woman,’ the firm’s managing partner told Lehigh Valley Live. ‘Our heart breaks for the family, but particularly for those two children,’ Vito A Gagliardi Jr added.
Their front lawn was also plastered with Christmas decorations such as inflatable reindeer, which remained standing as of the morning after the shocking deaths. Police have not commented to media on any potential motive. Court documents indicate the family was not experiencing any financial hardship.