Radnor murder-suicide was planned, police say

Scene of the murder suicide in Wayne. (Mari A. Schaefer/Staff)
Scene of the murder suicide in Wayne. (Mari A. Schaefer/Staff) (Mari Schaefer/Staff)
Posted: January 15, 2014

RADNOR The Radnor Township School District offered counseling to students Monday as police continued investigating the apparent murder-suicide of a Wayne couple, the parents of three school-age children.

Police said they received a call around 2:20 p.m. Sunday from a man they believed was Timothy Rooney, reporting that someone had been shot in the 300 block of South Wayne Avenue. When they arrived, they found Rooney, 49, and his wife, Linda, 48, dead in their pool house.

Officers recovered a .357 Magnum handgun and an envelope that they say they believe Tim Rooney had left. William Colarulo, Radnor's superintendent of police, said documents in the envelope showed "there was some sort of marital strife."

Police said Monday they had not determined where the gun came from.

Colarulo said he believed Rooney had made phone calls indicating his plans. "I believe this was thought out," Colarulo said. "This is a simple, clear-cut case of murder-suicide."

The couple's 8-year-old son was in the main house, a large 21/2-story structure, when the shootings occurred, police said. The Rooneys also have a 17-year-old who attends Radnor High School and a 15-year-old daughter at a Massachusetts boarding school.

On Monday, Radnor High principal Mark Schellenger discussed the killings during an assembly with students. "It is at times like today when we have to draw on the strength of friendships with each other," he said.


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