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Suspect in Churchville murders found dead of overdose

A 26-year-old man believed to have stabbed and shot to death a young Northampton Township couple earlier this week has been found dead in Philadelphia.

At a news conference Wednesday, May 2, in Northampton, Bucks County First Assistant District Attorney Gregg D. Shore disclosed the death of suspect Daniel Kenneth Mooney from an apparent drug overdose.

Shore said he is confident that it was Mooney who killed Tyler Christopher Roy, 28, and his wife, Christina Celenza Roy, 27, in their home the night before he died.

“Based upon our evaluation of the evidence, our team is unequivocally convinced that he killed the victims, and that he acted alone,” Shore told reporters.

The bodies of the Roys had been found Tuesday morning, May 1, on the upper floor of their split-level home at 26 Kitty Knight Drive in the Churchville section of Northampton. Investigators believe they were murdered sometime overnight, and that the killer had stolen Tyler Roy’s 2016 Ford Edge SUV.

The vehicle was found, along with Mooney’s cell phone, early Wednesday morning in Northeast Philadelphia. By that time, unknown to investigators, Mooney already was dead.
He had been taken to Episcopal Hospital in Philadelphia after suffering an apparent drug overdose around 9:30 p.m. Tuesday near Ruth and Clearfield streets in the city’s Kensington section. Efforts to revive him failed.

Having arrived at the hospital without identification, the dead man’s identity remained unknown until Wednesday afternoon.

Shore had publicly identified Mooney as a person of interest in the slayings during a noon news conference Wednesday. Not long after the news conference, Shore said, Philadelphia police called to report that a man fitting Mooney’s description had died at Episcopal Hospital. Mooney’s identity was confirmed, and police notified his parents and the Roys’ parents.

Both victims had been stabbed repeatedly and shot, Shore said, most likely by a long gun found in the home that belonged to Tyler Roy. “It’s clear there was a struggle in the upstairs of the home,” he said.

It appeared that Mooney had entered the home through an unlocked door, Shore said, but there was no indication that the killer, whose parents live in the same neighborhood, knew his victims. Mooney had long struggled with drug addiction, the prosecutor said.

The slayings came to light Tuesday morning, when a house painter who was working on the outside of the home came inside and found one of the bodies around 10 a.m. He called 911, and responding officers located the second body.

The Roys had bought the home in 2016, the year they married, and were in the process of remodeling it. Tyler Roy worked as a construction estimator, and Christina Roy worked as a photographer, Shore said.

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