SOUTH CANAAN TOWNSHIP– A Wayne County woman died Saturday after her uncle allegedly shot her in the head on Friday.
After his arrest, court papers show that Louis Ogden told investigators that he pointed his gun at his niece, Rebecca Pisall, to scare her, then pulled the trigger.
Friday night, he had no comment as he was led away following his arraignment at the State Police barracks near Honesdale.
At the time, Ogden was charged with attempted homicide because Pisall was still in critical condition. Charges could be upgraded following her death on Saturday.
Pisall, 20, lived across the street from her uncle on Daniels Road in South Canaan Township.
According to court papers, the day before, Ogden said he went to Philadelphia and bought 30 packets of heroin and later sold one to his niece for $20.
Prosecutors said the shooting took place after she later returned to her uncle’s home claiming he ripped her off.
John Klimczak lives down the road from Ogden. He said he knows Ogden’s mother and father and is stunned at what took place.
“I have known them for all my life. He is a very respected, very dedicated, and hard working individual. I know the mom, too. They are all originally from here,” said Klimczak.
Despite the circumstances of Pisall’s death, her neighbor Teresa Maximov remembers the victim as sweet person who loved animals, especially reptiles. She said that, just two weeks ago, Pisall mowed her lawn to thank her for being kind.
Kenneth West sees the death as a sign that, even in the quiet countryside, drugs are a serious problem.
“Look at the people breaking into houses and everything, for drugs. That is wrong,” said West.
Klimczak said he hopes that perhaps the young woman’s death will have an impact.
“I hope something is learned by this tragedy, that we can put a stop to this,” said Klimczak.