A Philadelphia man allegedly killed his wife by shooting her with a crossbow, sending an arrow through the woman as she sat on a couch in their home, police said.
Pamela Nightlinger, 42, stumbled to her next door neighbor’s home for help after her husband allegedly shot an arrow through her chest at about 9:30 p.m. Sunday, authorities said.
The arrow went through Nightlinger and the couch she was sitting on before penetrating a wall, officials said.
Nightlinger was found lying in a pool of her own blood near her neighbor’s front door, Philadelphia Police Captain Anthony Ginaldi told reporters.
She was rushed to Aria-Torresdale hospital, where she died at 10:34 p.m., cops said
Nightlinger and her husband— identified by relatives to WPVI-TV as 41-year-old Paul Kuzan— had been married since June 17, according to her Facebook page.
Loved ones left messages congratulating the apparent newlyweds in what would only be a week before Nightlinger was killed.
“Did you guys really get married?? About time. It’s always was meant to be,” one person wrote.
But police said they had responded to multiple domestic violence calls at the couple’s home on Willits Road in Northeast Philadelphia, according to NBC 10.
“Neighbors say things for him appeared to go downhill recently, in the last month or so,” Ginaldi told reporters.
Residents and business owners at the strip mall across the street told WPVI-TV that Kuzan had been acting strangely recently.
“He was completely exposed,” Sean Thompson told the television news station. “A woman we thought was his sister — now we know, wife — came out with a robe and said he didn’t take his medication.”
The couple is believed to have children from previous relationships who were not home at the time of the incident.
Police said the motive behind the killing was domestic.
Kuzan is expected to be charged in Nightlinger’s death on Monday.