York, PA: Jessica Mellinger Killed By Boyfriend in Murder-Suicide

Jessica Mellinger

Jessica Mellinger, 24, died Tuesday, January 21, 2014 in York, Pennsylvania.  Police say just before 11pm, after what they refer to as a “domestic dispute”, Jessica fled her boyfriend’s home along with with two other people who lived in the home and got into a vehicle that was parked in the driveway.  Her boyfriend, John R. Snyder, also 24, followed them out of the home and fired into the vehicle striking Jessica in the chest.  While the other two people fled to a neighbor’s home to call 911 Snyder dragged Jessica’s body back into his home where police believe she died of her injuries.  As officer’s arrived he opened fire on them.  Police were able to establish contact with him, but he continued to fire shots at the officers for more than two hours until he ended the standoff by committing suicide.

From the York Dispatch:

“The bubbly, vivacious redhead with the ever-present smile embraced life, whether she was spoiling her young cousins, playing softball or meeting new people at her job as a substitute mail carrier.

“Everyone loves her,” said Mellinger’s mother, Lesa Prince of New Freedom.  “She always had a smile on her face, no matter how bad things were.  She helped anyone who needed help.”…

…Mellinger was a tomboy who rode a dirt bike, enjoyed attending motorcycle hill climbs, planned to get her motorcycle license and played softball, her family said.

But she also enjoyed being “girly,” according to her mother, and loved to dress up to go country line dancing.  Sometimes she wore heels, other times she preferred her cowboy boots.”

Police: After shooting girlfriend, man dragged her back inside during murder-suicide

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