Man, pregnant woman identified in murder-suicide at Southpointe apartment

Neighbors react to murder-suicide at Southpointe

CECIL TOWNSHIP, Pa. — A call for shots fired at an apartment building in Southpointe Town Center on Wednesday night turned out to be a murder-suicide involving a pregnant woman, police said.

A caller reported hearing gunshots and finding bullet holes in a second-floor hallway wall shortly after 7 p.m., according to police.

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When SWAT units couldn't contact anyone in the apartment where they believed the shots originated, they sent in a robot that found the bodies of a man in a hallway and a woman by the door, police said. It is believed that the woman had tried to get out of the apartment.

Officials identified the woman as 35-year-old Michelle Krek and the man as 38-year-old Nadder Rizk. Police said Rizk, who was a competitive shooter, shot Krek before turning the gun on himself.

Investigators said the couple had an off-and-on relationship and that Krek was seven months pregnant. The baby did not survive.

Krek recently moved out of the apartment, but was there Wednesday night, according to police. A bullet hole could be seen in a door leading to a deck outside the apartment after the shooting.


Management of the apartment building in the Cecil Township complex said Rizk had recently inquired about getting Krek evicted from the apartment, police said. Krek’s family said she had recently moved out, but was planning to move back in Wednesday.

Police said Krek was texting with her family around 7 p.m., minutes before gunshots were reported, but did not indicate there were any problems. Neighbors told police there was an argument in the apartment before the shooting.

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