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Police: Aunt Shoots Niece Dead Hours After Wedding, Over Argument About Who’s Driving Home
CBC Pittsburgh ^ | April 24, 2014

Posted on 04/25/2014 7:22:30 PM PDT by Gamecock

NEW BRIGHTON (KDKA) — Police say a woman murdered her own niece just hours after her wedding, because they were arguing over who would drive home from a New Brighton bar.

It happened just before 10 p.m. Thursday at Jimmy K’s Bar on 11th Avenue.

Police say 21-year-old Katelyn Francis of Fairview, W. Va., was shot in the parking lot. She died on her way to the hospital.

Police say that Francis was at the bar with her aunt and her aunt’s new husband.

Police say the three were arguing over who was going to drive home. That’s when they say 30-year-old Christina Nicole George-Harvan pulled out a gun and shot her niece.

“To our understanding, this was over who was going to drive the vehicle, the designated driver for the evening,” said Chief Charles Vanfossan, of New Brighton Police.

Police say they believe the suspect was holding her husband’s gun.

“The only thing she said is she touched the weapon and it discharged,” Chief Vanfossan said.

Witnesses noticed the argument earlier in the bar.

The three were reportedly out celebrating George-Harvan’s wedding just hours earlier.

“Everybody in the bar noticed that there was something going on with the people, but nobody knew exactly what was happening,” said witness James Botinovich. He went on to say “the next thing you know we heard someone got shot … looked out, noticed it was right by my car.”

Meanwhile, the family is devastated.

“This is just insane. It is unbelievable, a tragedy,” said Annette Costanza, a family friend. “It breaks my heart and it’s not my child, but she was like my child because she was my best friend’s child. She is my best friend’s child.”

George-Harvan, who is from Conway, faces one count of homicide, two counts of aggravated assault and one count of reckless endangerment.


TOPICS: Local News
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1 posted on 04/25/2014 7:22:30 PM PDT by Gamecock
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At 10:00PM?? Usually you don’t see this kind of action until well after midnight!


2 posted on 04/25/2014 7:23:37 PM PDT by Gamecock (The covenant is a stunning blend of law and love. (TK))
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To: Gamecock

Wow, the definition of “Crazy Aunt.”


3 posted on 04/25/2014 7:25:05 PM PDT by twister881
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To: Gamecock

Class will tell.


4 posted on 04/25/2014 7:26:31 PM PDT by Arthur McGowan
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To: Gamecock

What a way to start a marriage!


5 posted on 04/25/2014 7:26:36 PM PDT by Fungi
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To: Gamecock
I worked for 20 years in a major hospital's ER.If I had a nickel for every death,every near death,every car accident,every murder,every suicide that was connected to booze I'd be a billionaire.
6 posted on 04/25/2014 7:27:15 PM PDT by Gay State Conservative (Stalin Blamed The Kulaks,Obama Blames The Tea Party)
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To: Gamecock

They should have hired a limo for the evening.


7 posted on 04/25/2014 7:29:11 PM PDT by Cementjungle
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To: Gamecock

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xuZA6qiJVfU


8 posted on 04/25/2014 7:32:50 PM PDT by windcliff
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To: Cementjungle

Then we’d probably have a dead limo driver. Too many people these days think that life is a movie. This is nuts.


9 posted on 04/25/2014 7:33:22 PM PDT by FlingWingFlyer (Obama's smidgens are coming home to roost.)
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To: twister881

A classic White Trash Tragedy.


10 posted on 04/25/2014 7:39:52 PM PDT by Argus
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To: Gamecock
Scene of the crime/wedding reception.


11 posted on 04/25/2014 7:42:15 PM PDT by SamAdams76
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To: Gamecock

Hmmmmmmmmmmm

I thought it was the nieces wedding...

plus whose niece is she ??

the woman’s r the woman’s new husband ???


12 posted on 04/25/2014 7:45:09 PM PDT by Tennessee Nana
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To: FlingWingFlyer

It gets weirder, who’da thunk it...

“According to Francis’ Facebook profile, the 21-year-old had a son and was married to a woman named Kayla Bender”


13 posted on 04/25/2014 7:52:14 PM PDT by Axenolith (Government blows, and that which governs least, blows least...)
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To: Gamecock

“It’s my Wedding and I’ll shoot if I want to, shoot if I want to, shoot if I want to...”

*SMIRK*

Sorry for this tribes troubles, but well...’Niece’ was only 9 years younger than ‘Auntie.’ There’s more to this story...

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cSgOufigc8o


14 posted on 04/25/2014 7:52:24 PM PDT by Diana in Wisconsin (I don't have 'Hobbies.' I'm developing a robust Post-Apocalyptic skill set...)
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To: Argus

You can take the girl out of the trailer park….


15 posted on 04/25/2014 7:55:37 PM PDT by Gamecock (The covenant is a stunning blend of law and love. (TK))
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To: Diana in Wisconsin

I suspect that there is a *lot* more going on here...

I wonder if there was any relationship between the niece and the groom...., maybe even a *suspected* relationship...


16 posted on 04/25/2014 7:56:02 PM PDT by marktwain (The old media must die for the Republic to live. Long live the new media!)
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To: Gamecock

Shotgun wedding.


17 posted on 04/25/2014 7:57:29 PM PDT by nhwingut (This tagline is for lease)
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To: Larry Lucido; F15Eagle

Look at the bright side, the husband can look forward to conjugal visit sex!


18 posted on 04/25/2014 7:58:09 PM PDT by Gamecock (The covenant is a stunning blend of law and love. (TK))
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To: FlingWingFlyer

My wife is a Banquet Manager and does dozens of weddings a year. At one the groomsmen dragged their bus driver into the parking lot and beat the hell out of him. One of them claimed he looked at one of the bridesmaids “funny”.

So much for their ride home.


19 posted on 04/25/2014 7:59:11 PM PDT by Lurker (Violence is rarely the answer. But when it is it is the only answer.)
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To: Gamecock

a wedding with only one death?

it must’ve been a dull affair


20 posted on 04/25/2014 7:59:36 PM PDT by sten (fighting tyranny never goes out of style)
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To: marktwain

Perhaps the niece gave the groom a lap dance. Or a little kissy kissy on the dance floor.


21 posted on 04/25/2014 7:59:50 PM PDT by Gamecock (The covenant is a stunning blend of law and love. (TK))
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To: marktwain

My first thought was there had to be something between the niece and the groom.


22 posted on 04/25/2014 8:03:54 PM PDT by Ciexyz
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To: Gamecock

The defense attorney:

“The ads always say Do Whatever It Takes to keep someone from driving drunk”

Case dismissed.


23 posted on 04/25/2014 8:06:36 PM PDT by Jet Jaguar (Resist in place.)
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To: Gay State Conservative
I worked for 20 years in a major hospital's ER.If I had a nickel for every death,every near death,every car accident,every murder,every suicide that was connected to booze I'd be a billionaire.

Alcohol is the worst drug on the face of the earth, hands down. I'm no Prohibitionist, but the dangers of careless exercise of Freedom should be a central to our education system. Alcohol (and all other drugs, of course) furnish numerous striking examples of how abuse of Rights can lead to tragedy in Free society.

24 posted on 04/25/2014 8:09:17 PM PDT by sargon
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To: marktwain

My first thought was there had to be something between the niece and the groom.


25 posted on 04/25/2014 8:10:38 PM PDT by Ciexyz
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To: nhwingut

LOL!


26 posted on 04/25/2014 8:11:27 PM PDT by Diana in Wisconsin (I don't have 'Hobbies.' I'm developing a robust Post-Apocalyptic skill set...)
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To: Gamecock
George-Harvan, who is from Conway, faces one count of homicide, two counts of aggravated assault and one count of reckless endangerment.

Aunt shoots neice. Step uncle gets arrested? Remind me to give W.V. a wide birth whenever traveling south.

27 posted on 04/25/2014 8:11:51 PM PDT by LoneRangerMassachusetts (The meek shall not inherit the Earth)
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To: LoneRangerMassachusetts

Christina Nicole George-Harvan is the aunt.


28 posted on 04/25/2014 8:15:42 PM PDT by Gamecock (The covenant is a stunning blend of law and love. (TK))
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To: Gamecock

Most families I know usually refrain from busting out guns at weddings.. yaknow, alcohol and all.. city limits regs etc..

Unfortunately, all one can do is shake their head at this tragedy that will mar everyone’s lives and their memories of that day.


29 posted on 04/25/2014 8:29:44 PM PDT by NormsRevenge (Semper Fi - Revolution is a'brewin!!!)
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To: Axenolith

Yikes!


30 posted on 04/25/2014 8:37:54 PM PDT by FlingWingFlyer (Obama's smidgens are coming home to roost.)
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To: windcliff
Thanks.
Paulina Porizkova is so hot.
Has it really been 30 years?
31 posted on 04/25/2014 8:50:41 PM PDT by Amagi (Lenin: "Socialized Medicine is the Keystone to the Arch of the Socialist State.")
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To: Gamecock

Darn Amish.


32 posted on 04/25/2014 9:05:10 PM PDT by BenLurkin (This is not a statement of fact. It is either opinion or satire; or both.)
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To: Lurker

I know a guy who started a fistfight at his own wedding. I never found out what it was about. And yes, the guy loves his booze...which might have had something to do with the fight. (snicker)


33 posted on 04/25/2014 9:11:32 PM PDT by driftless2
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To: Gamecock

(slurring) Designated driver? You told me YOU were going to be the designated driver!

I’ve seen this type of argument (not with gunshots) but with two or more people in a drunken stupor claiming the other was supposed to be the designated driver.


34 posted on 04/25/2014 9:25:04 PM PDT by OrangeHoof (Every time you say no to a liberal, you make the Baby Barack cry.)
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To: OrangeHoof

Just what kind of cheap gift did the niece give dear ole auntie?


35 posted on 04/25/2014 9:33:44 PM PDT by Robwin
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To: Gamecock

Kissing the bride for more than five seconds may get you shot.


36 posted on 04/25/2014 9:55:57 PM PDT by tumblindice (America's founding fathers: all armed conservatives)
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To: Gay State Conservative
I worked for 20 years in a major hospital's ER.If I had a nickel for every death,every near death,every car accident,every murder,every suicide that was connected to booze I'd be a billionaire.

About 10 years ago I happened to be doing a volunteer project along side the town police chief. We got to talking (while painting) and he said if you took booze out of the picture he could get by with 1/10 the force. I believe him.

37 posted on 04/25/2014 10:51:47 PM PDT by ThunderSleeps (Stop obarma now! Stop the hussein - insane agenda!)
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To: Gamecock

If your wife thinks you are an alcoholic for drinking at home alone just tell her it is safer that way.


38 posted on 04/26/2014 8:04:55 AM PDT by Last Dakotan
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To: ThunderSleeps
About 10 years ago I happened to be doing a volunteer project along side the town police chief. We got to talking (while painting) and he said if you took booze out of the picture he could get by with 1/10 the force. I believe him.

Absolutely.To take that thought a bit further if you took booze *and* drugs out of the picture hospital ERs could cut their evening and night shift staffing by two thirds...if not more.

39 posted on 04/26/2014 8:56:19 AM PDT by Gay State Conservative (Stalin Blamed The Kulaks,Obama Blames The Tea Party)
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