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Kent State student dead in triple homicide

Mother, two daughters killed in North Royalton

Staff and Wire Report Published: June 13, 2017 4:00 AM
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UPDATE: A suspect in the triple homicide is in custody following a 10-hour standoff overnight, according to Cleveland media.

A Kent State University student was one of three people found dead at a home in southern Cuyahoga County.

Police say a family friend found the mother and two daughters on Sunday night at a home in North Royalton, south of Cleveland.

Police on Monday identified the victims as 45-year-old Suzanne Taylor and her daughters, 21-year-old Taylor Pifer, a senior fashion design student at KSU, and 18-year-old Kylie Pifer.

North Royalton Police Detective Dave Loeding said he believes the murder may have taken place Saturday, but added that a forensics analysis would be necessary to narrow down the time of the possible homicide.

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Loeding said it appears at least one of the women was stabbed, but that it was not possible to identify the manner of death for the other two women. The three were found in a bedroom.

A motive for the murders remains unclear and no arrests have been made.

"There's some logic and some places to start, but that takes time," he said. "I'm confident something's going to come of it."

The university issued the following statement: "The Kent State University community is deeply saddened to learn of the sudden passing of Taylor Pifer. Our hearts go out to Taylor's family and friends during this tragic time."

North Royalton police and the Ohio Bureau of Criminal Investigation are investigating the murders.


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