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A Pennsylvania domestic violence nurse is dead after a possible domestic violence-related murder-suicide.
Selena Miller Mowen, 47, and her husband Jerry Mowen, 53, were both found dead of a single gunshot wound in their Chambersburg home on Nov. 28, a press release from the Pennsylvania State Police states. Police referred to the deaths as a “domestic related incident” and an “isolated” one at that. Investigators showed up at the home after multiple failed attempts to reach the couple.
Selena's mother, Sharon Miller, told PennLive.com that police informed her that Jerry killed her daughter before ending his own life. A spokesperson for the Pennsylvania State Police told Oxygen.com on Thursday that they would not confirm it was a murder-suicide, citing policy. The spokesperson added that some elements of the case are still under investigation.
Miller said that police told her that the couple’s dog, a German shepherd named Grizzly, was also fatally shot.
"Nobody had seen this coming," she told the outlet of her daughter. "She was the love of my life. She was God's gift."
Those who loved Selena remember her as having an exceptionally giving presence. After serving in the military, she worked for more than 12 years as a nurse all around the U.S. Most recently, she worked as a domestic violence nurse at Women in Need. She was also known to volunteer at organizations dedicated to rescuing animals.
"She's always had a sweet spirit and she would look for the good in people," her friend Jodi Garlock McQuade told PennLive.
Loved ones didn’t see any signs of domestic violence in Selena’s life. McQuade told PennLive that her friend was private and "never wanted anyone to be worried about her."
"She just never wanted to burden anyone," she said.
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