Candlelight vigil honors murder victim
A candlelight vigil on Friday will honor the memory of a Sheraden woman stabbed to death a year ago in Carnegie.
Melissa A. Bowers, 36, died in the early-morning hours of Feb. 8, 2012, when her boyfriend, Jeffrey Maloy, attacked her in a residence on Railroad Avenue, police said.
“It started out as a domestic argument,” Carnegie police Chief Jeff Harbin said. “Unfortunately, it turned violent, with fatal consequences.”
Maloy, 27, of Carnegie pleaded guilty to third-degree murder in October and is serving a 20- to 40-year prison sentence.
Harbin said the case was the only homicide in Carnegie in 2012.
Friday's vigil begins at 7 p.m. at the Carnegie Municipal Building on Veterans Way. It will honor Bowers and all victims of domestic violence, according to a flyer posted in the building.
Bowers' family could not be reached.
Harbin said domestic cases are one of the most frequent calls police departments receive, and officers make arrests if they find evidence of domestic violence. The Carnegie Police Department responded to 31 domestic calls that ended with arrests in 2012, but 261 calls that didn't.
“The frequency of domestic violence turning into homicides in Carnegie, fortunately, is not great,” Harbin said. “However, domestic violence is prevalent — not only in Carnegie, but I think (in) every community throughout the country.”
Doug Gulasy is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at 412-380-8527 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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