Wilkes-Barre Mother Kills 5-year-old Daughter In Murder-suicide
BEAR CREEK TWP. — A Wilkes-Barre mother killed her 5-year-old daughter before taking her own life Friday morning, according to Pennsylvania State Police.
Troopers say Christina J. Tyler, 31, killed her daughter, Olivia E. Tyler, before killing herself in a murder-suicide.
The bodies were found around 7 a.m. inside Tyler’s red sedan parked along Laurel Run Road near Bonn Road, at a clearing along the highway for power lines.
Police said they were not seeking additional suspects in the case.
Troopers on the scene could be heard consoling a man who arrived on scene in a civilian vehicle.
“It’s not your fault,” a trooper told the man.
The PSP Major Case Team based in Wyoming was investigating the case along with assistance from the Forensic Services Unit. A flatbed Falzone Towing Service tow truck removed the car from the scene later Friday morning.
According to Christina Tyler’s Facebook page, she was a graduate of G.A.R. Memorial Junior/Senior High School who attended Luzerne County Community College.
Court records show she had no criminal history in Pennsylvania.
In a prepared statement, Bear Creek Community Charter School Chief Executive Jim Smith confirmed Olivia was a kindergarten student there and said a school counselor and psychologist were available to assist grieving students and staff members. The school has also engaged professional counseling services to help the school cope through next week.
“Losing someone you love is never an easy thing, but losing someone so young with the untapped potential to change our world for the better, makes the situation so much more difficult,” Smith said in the statement. “Olivia was a young, innocent, and fun-loving kindergartener. That is how she is going to be remembered by her school family. Our thoughts and prayers go out to Olivia’s extended family.”