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May 11, 2014

Young mother shot and killed Dale Borough

JOHNSTOWN — A 20-year-old Dale Borough mom was shot dead late Saturday, a little more than an hour before Mother’s Day, after an argument escalated with her boyfriend, investigators said.

Kyle Rodgers, 25, is charged with shooting 20-year-old Linsey Wolfe in the head during a dispute inside their apartment in the 700 block of Bloom Street, an act County Coroner Dennis Kwiatkowski has ruled a homicide.

“It appears there was a domestic altercation and it turned physical,” Kwiatkowski said.

A young child was also inside the home but was not injured, he added.

Dale Borough police said the shooting remained under investigation Sunday but referred questions to the Cambria County District Attorney’s Office.

Rodgers, Wolfe’s live-in boyfriend, was taken into custody without further incident, according to Assistant District Attorney Eric Hochfeld.

He said Rodgers was arraigned early Sunday on criminal homicide, aggravated assault and aggravated assault with a deadly weapon – and that police recovered a gun at the scene that was likely used in Saturday’s shooting.

Rogers, meanwhile, was in Cambria County Prison as of Sunday evening, awaiting a May 22 preliminary hearing on his charges before District Judge Leonard Grecek, staff at Cambria’s Central Booking Center said.

Wolfe and Rodgers had been together since July 2013, Wolfe’s Facebook page shows.

Investigators did not offer comment on what might have sparked the domestic argument.

Grieving friends said they, too, were left with only questions about what happened Saturday night.

Savannah Gerber, 18, and Tabitha Smith, 19, said they knew Wolfe and Rodgers as a happy couple.

“There really weren’t signs that things were bad between them,” Gerber said. “I never saw them fight in public ... and if there was a problem, Linsey never told me about it.”

“We’re all in shock,” added Erin Gerber, Savannah’s mom, and a longtime Wolfe family friend.

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