PA PA - William, 53, Estrella, 50, & John Fowler, 20, Philadelphia, 21 May 2006

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  1. dark_shadows

    dark_shadows Former Member

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    Sunday, May 21, 2006
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    PHILADELPHIA — A couple and their quadriplegic son were fatally shot in their home early Sunday, police said.

    Authorities had no immediate motive for the slayings.

    The 20-year-old son was found dead in a hospital bed and the mother elsewhere in the row house, authorities said. The father was pronounced dead at Temple University Hospital.

    Police were called to the house at about 1:30 a.m.

    The son was struck by a car about four years ago, neighbors said. The family also has two other adult sons, they said.

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  3. tennessee

    tennessee Blew out my flipflop. Stepped on a pop top . . .

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    I really hope this wasn't a murder suicide. Being a daily caregiver can be beyond stressful. It changes people.



    JMHO
     
  4. cathieq

    cathieq New Member

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    More news:

    http://www.philly.com/mld/philly/14637831.htm
    "WILLIAM FOWLER SR. was shot in cold blood in his Port Richmond home early yesterday by a killer who also took the lives of his wife and quadriplegic son.

    But his wounds didn't stop Fowler from mustering his remaining strength to dial 911, and, with his dying breath, provide police with a possible clue to the killer..."
     
  5. Angels_Not_Forgotten

    Angels_Not_Forgotten Anxiously Awaiting a WINNING NFL Season!

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    hmmmm......sounds strange, the son robert?
     
  6. SCmomof2

    SCmomof2 New Member

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    looks like the son robert could be involved.
     
  7. lisag

    lisag Former Member

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    Very sad!
     
  8. bykerladi

    bykerladi Member

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    The police are saying both adult sons have been ruled out as suspects. The wife of Robert was quoted in the philadelphia inquirer as well.


    Two of the Fowlers' sons, William Jr. and Robert, have been questioned and are not considered suspects, Kuhlmeier said.

    "I really have nothing to say at this point," William Fowler Jr. said last night. "This is a tragedy."

    Robert Fowler could not be reached.

    But his wife, Elizabeth Fowler, 24, said nothing was more important to the Fowlers than caring for John.

    "They were just such a close family," she said. "They centered their life around him. They were sweet, helpless people."

    She said John Fowler was amazingly good-spirited for his condition. He cracked jokes, blared rap music, and once dyed his hair to resemble Eminem's.

    "It was so funny," she said. "He thought it looked cool."

    William Fowler had recently stopped working as a security guard to spend more time watching over his family.

    "He had his hands full caring for his wife and son, but the commitment was there to take care of them," Kuhlmeier said.

    He also looked after the family dog, an old collie that has trouble walking. The dog was found by police shivering underneath John Fowler's hospital bed.



    http://www.philly.com/mld/inquirer/14636672.htm


    I feel bad for the dog... wonder who has the poor thing...
     
  9. cathieq

    cathieq New Member

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    An update:

    Action News
    "...Officially police say no one has been ruled in or out, including some family members. But sources tell Action News that detectives are focusing heavily on some nursing care providers who made frequent visits to the fowler home..."
    http://abclocal.go.com/wpvi/story?section=local&id=4195372
     
  10. gatetrekker44

    gatetrekker44 New Member

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    with the suspects, the dog could probably "point" LE in the right direction-might even try to attack a suspect since it sounds like the dog was there for the whole horrible crime. :(
     
  11. concernedperson

    concernedperson Former Member

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    Nancy Grace featuring this crime. All indications is that it is someone close. The trachea tube was removed.They believe the father was shot first and twice.This is pretty much an anger crime. All is sadly horrible. More angels to join the rest of the angels.

    It seems like out of control anger to me. Or, put another way evil showing its ugly self again.
     
  12. bykerladi

    bykerladi Member

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    Channel 3 (CBS) news said the LE is investigating home care aids that took care of the son.
     
  13. spclk

    spclk New Member

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    Has there been any news on this case recently?
     
  14. bykerladi

    bykerladi Member

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    There have been no updates anywhere in my area, nor have the news been mentioning this at all for the last week or so.
     
  15. Bobbisangel

    Bobbisangel New Member

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    This is such a heart breaking story. The son has an accident and is paralyzed and the mom and dad sleep at the bottom of his bed so that they are with him at all times. They were so devoted to their son. Mom wasn't well and had just found out that she had cancer...per Nancy Grace show. Someone said that the couple didn't have anything but that they had each other and that was all that was important to them.

    I hope that this doesn't turn into a cold case. Whoever did this has to be caught and punished. There was no reason for this. They had nothing to steal. Just a loving family doing the best that they could being there for each other. Just a shame.
     
  16. bykerladi

    bykerladi Member

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    *bump* Any updates on this? I check the papers everyday and it seems noone cares anymore...
     
  17. OkieGranny

    OkieGranny New Member Staff Member Forum Coordinators

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    From May 2008:

    http://articles.philly.com/2008-05-22/news/25262560_1_montco-murder-nursing-agency-murder-trial

    O'Donnell was sentenced to LWOP for the 2007 rape and murder of his GF's 14-year-old daughter. Cannot find where he or anyone else was ever charged in the Fowlers' murders.
     

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