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Wayne Murder Victim May Have Feared Husband, Police Say

Police say based on documents that have been found it appears the marriage "was in trouble" and that Linda "may have been fearful" of her husband.

Linda Rooney, via LinkedIn
Linda Rooney, via LinkedIn
As the Radnor Township community grapples with a shocking murder-suicide that took place in a Wayne home on Sunday, Radnor Patch has received comments ranging from concern for the victim's children to the shock of knowing that a firearm was within blocks of their own children and many at Radnor Middle School.

While Radnor Police have not yet revealed a motive in the killing, they have said that they believe that Timothy Rooney, 49, shot to death his 48-year-old wife, Linda, in the pool house of their home and then shot himself, Police Superintendent William Colarulo confirmed to Patch.

He said based on documents that police found it appears the marriage "was in trouble" and that Linda "may have been fearful" of her husband.

Colarulo also said that Timothy Rooney called a relative after he allegedly killed his wife and before he killed himself.

He said they have not found any registered owner of the .357 Magnum used in the shooting. That could mean that the firearm was recently purchased or that it was purchased in a way that skirted registration.

Linda Rooney was a member of the U.S. market leadership team for Merck Vaccines, and worked for the pharmaceutical company since 1997 in Texas, Virginia and Pennsylvania.

“We are deeply saddened to lose such a talented employee, colleague and friend. Our thoughts and prayers are with Linda’s children and family members at this time," read a statement from Merck.

According to his LinkedIn profile, Timothy Rooney was a stay-at-home dad for 17 years. A relative of his came into town on Monday to take over care of the couple's children, Colarulo said.

Two of the Rooney's children are students in the Radnor School District. On Monday the district released this statement: "The entire Radnor family is deeply saddened by last evening's tragedy impacting our students, parents and community members. Since we first learned of this terrible news, district staff and outside agencies have been working to coordinate resources to ensure support is available for all students, staff and community members affected." 

The district is offering resources for community members to help them cope with the tragedy.
R.M. January 13, 2014 at 03:54 PM
Wait....what kind of idiots were "shocked" that there was a firearm in the neighborhood? People are "shocked" that someone owned a firearm and kept it in their private home? Also what does the home's proximity to the school have anything to do with it?
Sam Strike (Editor) January 13, 2014 at 03:57 PM
I am merely mentioning some of the responses I have received. And a few of those have been about guns in proximity to their children and others' children.
Nick Kemp January 13, 2014 at 05:13 PM
Let's not make this about the tool used in this horrendous act. I think we are all smarter than that in this community.
Mark Brennan January 13, 2014 at 07:12 PM
......and the second amendment yahoos spring into action, so cute how sensitive they are just by the mention of a gun incident.
John Dallas Bowers January 13, 2014 at 11:25 PM
"[Police Superintendent William Colarulo] said they have not found any registered owner of the .357 Magnum used in the shooting. That could mean that the firearm was recently purchased or that it was purchased in a way that skirted registration." [excerpt] Or he inherited it, or a friend gave it to him, or he simply borrowed it. There are a number of perfectly legal ways he could have acquired the firearm without it showing up on a registration list. Very sad story of another family that will never be the same.
Megan McGowan January 14, 2014 at 12:37 AM
Wow. I'm disgusted. Where is the delicacy in Patch's handling of this news? There are 3 children involved. Sure, who in this community isn't shocked and upset by this tragedy? It doesn't take a genius to figure out that there were domestic issues in the home. Is it really necessary to feed the public's cravings with over the top details, news worthy catch phrases and comments made by Carulo- statements I'm sure anyone would regret if they realized the impact they'd have on the children. I've read all the news pieces on this and Patch's disturbs me the most. Where is your "concern for the children", merely noted, the ones who not only will have to recover from the lifelong grief of losing the very people who brought them into this world and the truth of what took them from this world - but also, the additional grief that articles like this cause by putting their already horrific tragedy in the spotlight with details to their community of friends and strangers to relive over and over again. How much grief can one take or be expected to handle? Why can't you just let people have their chatter of curiosity and empathy and not post the word catchy headlines to make you look like you have the best coverage? Imagine if it was you or your kids or your nieces and nephews....Think before you write. Think about who your words impact. Think about the children. Say a prayer. And move on to some other news. These kids have enough to deal with on their plate moving forward. Don't make it any harder on them.
Radnor Resident January 14, 2014 at 09:32 AM
Yes, please be careful with your words on here. The Radnor Patch is how the 17 year old learned of the fate of her parents. Please let's be kind and embrace these innocent children.
Larry S January 14, 2014 at 09:46 AM
The Patch is a good source of neighborhood news. Going after the reporter for stressing this or that, or not stressing this or that is easy enough, but it adds nothing to the known facts of this sad affair. "Objective" reporting is only possible without a reporter (or one who agrees with the reader). Think of the children.
Dzeldaz January 14, 2014 at 10:15 AM
Condolences to the family. At this point, the police are doing their jobs and it is about the children. Please keep them in your thoughts. This is a terribly sad situation.
Just me January 14, 2014 at 10:25 AM
Yes, these kids have more to cope with over the rest of thier lives than I can imagine. I think the High School administration and student body has embodied "Radnor Strong" and is doing a great job handling this. I think Patch reported this responsibly and please keep in mind that every local news source out there reported the same information.
Christopher Merken January 14, 2014 at 10:45 AM
This kind of violence is rare in Radnor, and Sam is doing a responsible job covering the story. As others have said, every other news station is covering it as well (ABC, FOX, CBS, etc.) In fact, those other news stations released more information BEFORE the Patch did. Sam is acting with the utmost respect for the situation. But pretending it didn't happen is not an option.
Fred Maraco January 14, 2014 at 12:04 PM
Very sad to hear of this tragic incident and our hearts go out to the children. We live in time when information travels fast and in abundance. People who are close to the event (whether by experience or proximity) are trying to make sense of this and their only way of doing it is to hear the details. Its very unfortunate for the family but what seems to be needed in order to bring closure and have people stop with opinions and speculation. I think Sam Strike has reported on this in a respectful and responsible manner considering the circumstances. I hope the children will be able to ignore and forgive people for things they may see on here which may be hurtful to them and one day understand that those who make comments on here mean no harm but rather are trying to somehow come to an understanding so that they themselves can move on. As with everything in the news, there will be more details, people will come to their conclusions and stop talking about it, the children will hopefully be able to move forward and not have to deal with getting undesired attention and questions (Im sure their friends will ask them) and be able to finally bring some closure to this in their lives and move forward. Until then, lets hope that people can just compose and control themselves and just observe and listen to what information comes out and be diligent in thinking how their comments may impact someone like a family member who is going through this before just posting their opinions. Keep in mind what "Radnor Resident" said about how one of family members found out through this site and keep that in mind before you post in the future.
911Medic January 14, 2014 at 12:36 PM
This is not responsible reporting: "Radnor Patch has received comments ranging from concern for the victim's children to the shock of knowing that a firearm was within blocks of their own children and many at Radnor Middle School." That is trying to incite unwarranted discussion. I looked at the internet and Facebook pages of the Radnor Patch and surrounding area Patch's, and there was not one single content about a firearm in relation to proximity to the school or kids. Not one. And to the apparently clueless "Mark Brennan" the "yahoos" aren't jumping into action because it is a gun related incident. The "yahoos" are jumping into action because of the obvious fishing/baiting attempt by the author of this article that I just outlined. Tool.
Mark Brennan January 14, 2014 at 07:19 PM
911Medic, if by Tool you mean someone who is concerned about the ridiculous gun laws in our country that enable people to legally obtain firearms without any record then I suppose you are accurate. Additionally, I live 3 blocks from the house and it is troubling knowing that gun violence of this kind is occurring in such close proximity to Radnor Middle School, the reporting on this subject has been informative which is precisely what a small town seeks when something like this takes place. BTW - it is ridiculous that the 1st & 3rd post about this tragedy had anything to do with protecting gun rights.
911Medic January 14, 2014 at 07:29 PM
Did you really just say that? "if by Tool you mean someone who is concerned about the ridiculous gun laws in our country that enable people to legally obtain firearms without any record then I suppose you are accurate. " You don't even deserve a rebuttal at this point.
KAH January 14, 2014 at 07:37 PM
My prayers for the children and family. I've known Linda for over 13 years and worked with her as a colleague. She was a kind person whom I admired and respected. I hope that her memory does not degenerate into a post about gun rights, "how can this happen in our community", or other debates. A family is hurting.
Radnor Resident January 14, 2014 at 07:43 PM
Ok...please...enough....please stop. This an awful event that obviously is "too close for comfort". The reality is, that we know nothing of what goes on behind the closed doors of this area until something of this magnitude happens. Please this is not the place to continue your discussion.
Holly Ramsey-Bell January 14, 2014 at 07:43 PM
No matter gun laws or where this happened, Linda was my cousin. It is a great tragedy for the children and for Lindas mother. Our prayers are with the children.
Mark Brennan January 14, 2014 at 08:51 PM
To be clear, I mean no disrespect to the family or friends, quite the opposite, this is a senseless tragedy. I was taken aback by the initial comments regarding this story and the criticism of Sam, the purpose of Patch is to report the news of a local area, I don't always agree with the stories or the angles that appear here but the reporting for this has been balanced.
Anne January 15, 2014 at 08:00 PM
My condolences to the family. The writer of this article was just doing her job.
Robert January 17, 2014 at 08:26 AM
I knew Tim and his family in high school. He was a great person and I can't imagine what happened to bring him to this. My prayers go out to his children and family. Too sad to believe.
Anne Dunlap January 19, 2014 at 12:40 AM
I, too, knew Tim for many years and I just don't understand. He was mild mannered, an excellent father, and loyal husband. I'm dumbfounded by what happened. I just think he must have been in horrible pain. Still, his wife is gone and the children face a difficult and life changing future. All I can do is pray.
lmmarie January 19, 2014 at 07:28 AM
Very sad, prayers go out to the children and their extended family!
edward wagner January 19, 2014 at 10:28 AM
Very sad
Carol January 20, 2014 at 06:01 PM
Terrible tragedy, especially for the children. Women must trust their gut instincts.

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