Three Arrests Made in Scranton Homicide

SCRANTON, Pa. --  A week after police say Nina Gatto was killed inside her apartment, police have charged three people with her murder.

Neighbors of Gatto tell Newswatch 16 they've been sick to their stomachs and have lost sleep knowing what happened in north Scranton's Bangor Heights development last week.

Investigators say Gatto was killed inside her home on April 20th and on Friday, Scranton police say three people have been arrested and face homicide charges.

Melinda Palermo and Cornelius Mapson of Pittston are in custody. A warrant was out for a third person, Kevin Weeks.   Scranton Police say they found Weeks Friday night.

"If it was them, they should get the punishment real good. To hurt a young girl, who just started her life. I loved her like she was a daughter to me," said neighbor Noelia Solivan.

Neighbors who knew Gatto still can't believe what happened to someone they viewed as a kind friend.

"She gave me her kindness. She gave me her love and her attention and when I needed something, she was there and her mother was a beautiful person."

Those who live close by to where the homicide took place say the entire week has been very unsettling.

"When I first found out, it's right in our backyard. It's very chilling and just unsettling. We're out here on our porches all the time and it's just nervewracking," said Colleen Joyce of Scranton.

This is the Electric City's first homicide in more than a year.

Police have not yet released how Nina Gatto was killed.

13 comments

  • Donna Langhan (@DonnaLanghan)

    I Love how everyone seems to ignore the fact that the “victim” was a drug addict and a drug dealer. She was not a “nice young girl starting her life”. She probably only helped her neighbor so she could steal her disability checks. Sad but true…. because that’s what junkies do. Society is better off now…
    And Wes is exactly correct!!!

      • John Smiths

        To the cucks offended by my words….it does not matter, I am some one WHO KNOWS what is going down, it comes from the top to destroy the lives of all these feeble minded drug heads from single mother households, I love it. But I want to warn all my white brothers who are drug free and working hard, BEWARE of these freaks, they are all over Scranton now and breeding with ”white” drug heads to the pleasure of the politicians, remember that babies born to these freaks will never have pride and submit to the NWO elite prison world with out a second thought.

  • Am Light

    All I need do is look at these mug shots and see what kinds of people they all are. What is wrong with this world anymore? The men are desperate to look so hardened and the female thinks her mug shot is some kind of selfie. If they’re all proven guilty they should all be hanged.

    Young women you are being raised without a strong male figure to show you what a **real** man is and what a **real** man does. There is no punishment fitting for ending someone’s life so brutally.

  • J (@ds18301)

    Ahhh, such a happy day for the ra&cists that troll here!!! *Finally* after dozens of heinous sex crimes, murders and robberies by white people, you get to again spew out your tired, ignorant and useless rants.

    • Am Light

      I only see 1 comment that refers to race and that’s just too bad since people are still allowed to think whatever they want even if its mean or unpleasant.

  • donny hud43987

    Low life garbage!! Glad they got caught!! So PATHETIC!! and sad they murdered that poor girl, my god!! Whyyy, ughhh

    • Donna Langhan (@DonnaLanghan)

      Poor girl??? Again, I Love how everyone seems to ignore the fact that the “victim” was a drug addict and a drug dealer. She was not a “nice young girl starting her life”. She probably only helped her neighbor so she could steal her disability checks. Sad but true…. because that’s what junkies do. Society is better off now

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