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Riddle of a ‘nice guy’ dad who ‘murdered wife then turned gun himself’ days after daughter’s fifth birthday.

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Just last weekend, Kristin and Matthew Eberhardt seemed the picture of happiness – celebrating their daughter’s fifth birthday with a party at the family home.

Matthew, 45, worked in construction and was described by neighbour Jonelle Finney as “a super-nice, down-to-earth guy”.

His wife Kristin, 42, is believed to have worked in law from home to help taking care of their children, a one-year-old baby boy and daughter.

On December 21, she posted a picture of the family-of-four standing smiling in front of their Christmas tree on Facebook.

But what appeared to be a stable and loving family, has now been shattered after Matthew shot Kristin dead on their doorstep before turning the gun on himself.

Police were called to a domestic dispute at the home in Northampton County, Pennsylvania, on Tuesday night and said they are treating the case as murder-suicide.

Friends told report they used to share neighbourhood parties with the Eberhardts and can’t understand what happened.

The newspaper said local records gave no indication of pending financial or criminal problems for the pair.

Pat Finney told how he helped Matthew put in a new deck at the home last year and the couple had recently bought a new car.

The two young children are now being cared for by relatives, it is understood.

Pictures showed Christmas decorations and lighting still hanging over the porch at the family home on Wednesday as crime scene investigations continued.

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Families Identify Church Collapse Victims in Anguish

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Tears and anguish characterized the atmosphere as the grieving families of 13 worshipers killed in a church collapse arrived at the Richards Bay mortuary to identify the bodies of their loved ones.

The worshipers died when a wall collapsed at the Pentecostal Holiness Church near Empangeni in northern KwaZulu-Natal last Thursday night.

The KwaZulu-Natal Co-operative Governance and Traditional Affairs Department co-ordinated with various departments including health, home affairs and the police, to assist in speeding up the body identification process.

Six worshippers were from Ulundi, four from eSikhawini and three from Maqwakazi in uMlalazi.

Describing the collapse, Phumelele Simelane from eSikhawini said worshippers had just had their evening meal and were preparing to sleep when the wall caved in.

Simelane was with her 6-year-old son, who is recovering in hospital. She said she came to the mortuary to support congregants whose relatives died.

The Mthembu family, who lost grandmother Thembi Mthabela, 54, and Andiswa Mthembu, 10, in the tragedy were overcome with grief.

“Thembi loved going to church and she always took Andiswa with her. Andiswa was doing Grade 3 at Nyathini Primary School. As a family, we are very traumatised and it is hard for us,” said a relative, who did not wanted to be named.

Buhle Mzila, whose sister Samke, 33, died, said the family had lost a breadwinner.

Samke, who worked at the Ulundi Municipality, was with her 9-year-old daughter during the incident.

Buhle said her niece, who was in hospital, was in a state of shock about her mother’s death.

“Samke loved the church, she always made sure she attended every service. She played a big role in terms of assisting the family. We are still going to feel her absence,” said Buhle.

A sobbing Mbongeni Langa said his mother had died in a “place she loved”.

The memorial service will be held tomorrow

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CAF Sidelines Nigerian Centre Referees for 2019 AFCON

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Out of the Twenty-seven centre referees penciled down for the 2019 African Cup of Nations, countries like Burundi, Mali, Zambia and Sudan are represented on the list, but no Nigerian referee was selected for the big occasions.

However, only one assistant referee from Nigeria named Baba Adel was listed among the twenty-nine assistant referees selected by the African Football Governing Body.

The competition will be held from 21 June to 19 July 2019, as per the decision of the CAF Executive Committee on 20 July 2017.

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