Police confirm details of Ashville tragedy

EBENSBURG — It was around 10 p.m. Friday night when Josephine Ruckinger knocked on the door of her parents’ double-wide mobile home at 643 Bottom Road in Allegheny Township, Cambria County, according to police.

When her mother, Roberta Frew, answered, Ruckinger — who police said had been estranged from her parents for almost 20 years — pointed a 12-gauge sawed-off shotgun at her mother’s chest, shot and killed her.

State police spokesman Trooper John Matchik confirmed in a Sunday morning press conference at Ebensburg’s state police barracks that Roberta Frew, 64; her husband, John Edward Frew Sr., 67; and their son, John Frew Jr., 47, were attacked Friday night by Josephine and her husband Jeffrey Ruckinger, both age 43, from Blandburg.

Matchik said the three family members had just returned home from dining out, and were settling in to the living room to watch TV, when they heard a knock at the door. Matchik said when Roberta answered, she had time to scream something to the effect of, “Oh my God, they have guns” before her daughter shot her.

Police said one of the Ruckingers then shot and killed John Frew Jr.

John Frew Sr. then retrieved a .22-caliber revolver and killed his daughter and her husband.

The Mirror will have a complete report in Monday’s print edition.