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Cops: Robbery apparent motive in slayings of 92-year-old gardener, two others in Tioga

December 3, 2018
Warren Harrison and his companion Khadijah Abdullah in a file photo from 2010.

By Staff

A 92-year-old man, his 60-year-old girlfriend, and her 56-year-old brother were killed Saturday during a robbery inside a Tioga home that the elderly man had owned for decades, according to police.

Homicide Capt. John Ryan said Monday that Warren Harrison, 92, well-known in his neighborhood for his love of gardening, was found beaten to death in the basement of his home on the 1900 block of Venango Street. Harrison’s girlfriend, Khadijah Abdullah, was found dead from stab wounds in a second-floor bedroom, Ryan said, while Abdullah’s brother, Earl Cottle, was also found dead from blunt force trauma in the basement.

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