17-year-old kills two, then himself

Md. suicide follows shootings in Pa.

May 25, 2000|BY A SUN STAFF WRITER

A 17-year-old Pennsylvania youth killed his mother and his brother's girlfriend, then drove to Harford County and fatally shot himself yesterday, police said.

Matthew Demeter of Phoenixville, a Philadelphia suburb, used a .32-caliber handgun to shoot his mother, Victoria Demeter, 53, in the head Tuesday night at their home, Pennsylvania State Police said. The shooting occurred between 10 p.m. and 11 p.m., a police report said.

Demeter then drove to nearby West Chester, where he told a friend he had killed his mother, police said. Next, Demeter went to the home of his brother's girlfriend, Kathryn A. Smith, 19, of Chadds Ford, and shot her twice in the chest about 11: 20 p.m. Before she died, Smith told her parents who had shot her, police said.

Authorities said Demeter then headed toward Maryland early yesterday on U.S. 40, approaching a tollbooth at the Hatem Memorial Bridge in Harford County about 1: 45 a.m. When Demeter told toll takers that he did not have money to pay the toll, he was asked to fill out a pledge form for the toll, police said.

Instead, he drove away from the tollbooth, parked his car and shot himself in the head, police said.

Demeter was taken to Harford Memorial Hospital in Havre de Grace, where he died about 2: 30 p.m. yesterday, said Kim Lovett, a hospital spokeswoman.

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