Two dead after murder-suicide in Abington Heights

COLLEEN DAY
MANAGING EDITOR

Investigation continues in Monday’s murder-suicide at Abington Manor, but South Abington Twp. Police Chief Robert Gerrity said the motive remains unknown.
“What caused the person to act in this manner? What reasons, what relationship there was between this resident and the staff employee, we just don’t know, and we may never know,” Gerrity said, according to the Scranton Times-Tribune.
Police believe licensed practical nurse Aimee Larkin, 42, of Dunmore fatally shot Abington Manor resident Howard Kinney, 79, of Overfield Twp. before taking her own life Monday around 5:30 p.m.
According to the Scranton Times-Tribune, Gerrity said Larkin was serving her usual 3-11 p.m. shift at the long-term care and rehabilitation facility when the incident occurred. Lackawanna County Coroner Tim Rowland ruled Kinney’s death a homicide and Larkin’s death a suicide.
Larkin has worked at Abington Manor as a licensed practical nurse since 2011. Kinney was a patient for about two years. According to the Scranton Times-Tribune, Kinney’s family said he moved into the facility while going through cancer treatment.
According to a status Larkin posted on Facebook Dec. 25, Larkin received a Sig Sauer P245 and rounds as a Christmas gift. According to the Scranton Times-Tribune, Gerrity confirmed that Larkin used a Sig Sauer in Monday’s murder-suicide.
Larkin wrote on Facebook in October that she felt like “an unappreciated nurse.” All posts and photos from 2013 were removed from the Facebook page on Tuesday night, according to the Scranton Times-Tribune.
There was no suicide note and fellow employees said they did not notice any unusual behavior from Larkin or Kinney, WNEP reported.
Grief counselors were on site Tuesday to support Abington Manor residents and employees.
Abington Manor is a transitional care facility that provides long- and short-term care to elderly residents and people with chronic or prolonged illness, according to the Genesis Healthcare website.

Abington Manor released the following statement regarding the murder-suicide:

“We were shocked and saddened by the tragedy that occurred at the center last night. We are fully cooperating with law enforcement officials at this time and are hopeful that their efforts will help us to understand this tragedy. This is a challenging and emotional time for all of us. We have grief counselors on site today to meet with any resident who chooses. In addition, counselors are available to provide support to our employees on every shift.
Abington Manor is committed to being a safe environment for all our residents and staff members. This is an isolated incident. There has not been an incident of violence at this center in its entire 28 years of operation. We remain focused on providing quality care and services to all our residents.
Our thoughts and prayers are with the families of both individuals during this difficult time.”

Contact the writer:
colleen.day@scranton.edu