Holiday Weekend Murder-Suicide Stuns Hazleton Neighborhood

By Mark Hiller |

Published 09/01 2014 05:27PM

Updated 09/01 2014 07:35PM

Hazleton, Luzerne County -- "Oh my God I was  shocked. It's so sad," said 20-year-old Tonya Hoffman of Hazleton on Monday. She was with her grandparents Sunday evening just across Penn Court where Wayne and  Michelle Volciak were found dead in their home. What started as a quiet night in the neighborhood was turned upside down by the tragedy. "We heard, like, the cops and the ambulance and that and then we were wondering what was going on," said  Ms. Hoffman. She and others soon found out when they spotted the Volciaks' grief-stricken daughter. "The daughter was right here. She was crying and she said that my parents are gone."

Michelle Volciak ran a bakery called "Michelle's Creative Cakes" in the same building where she lived with her husband. The cakes, which Michelle featured on her Facebook page, were what many considered delicious works of art. Neighbor Ann Marie Barr was a loyal customer for nearly two decades. "Since my son has been a baby we've gotten cakes from Michelle's. All occasions... community, confirmation. I mean it was just a wonderful business."

Besides having a great business, people who knew the Volciaks considered them great neighbors. "They would always be out here cleaning and, like, plowing the snow and stuff like that," said Ms. Hoffman. Now, those who knew the deceased couple can't figure out how something like this could happen. "Not a clue. You never would have expected it. It's... a shock," said Ms. Barr. "It's just a terrible sadness. We're all shocked."

Luzerne County Deputy Coroner Tom Moran told Eyewitness News there will be no autopsies on the Volciaks. The coroner's office and Hazleton police will continue the investigation to determine who shot who.

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