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Mother and teen daughter identified as victims in North Catasauqua killings

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Reichel Funeral Home
Rosalyn (l) and Rianna Glass

NORTH CATASAUQUA, Pa. — State police on Tuesday publicly identified the two victims of last week's double homicide.

Rosalyn Glass, 39, and Rianna Glass, 16, died of sharp force injuries inside Rosalyn's home on the 1100 block of Railroad Street on Thursday, according to authorities.

Northampton County District Attorney Terry Houck has scheduled a news conference regarding the ongoing investigation for 2:30 p.m.

An obituary from Reichel Funeral Home in Northampton Borough identified the two as mother and daughter. Investigators had previously declined to identify their relationship.

Rosalyn, who was born in the Phillipines, worked at iHerb in Palmer Township; Rianna was a junior at Northampton Area High School and an active dancer, according to their obituaries.

In a prepared statement Tuesday, Northampton Area School District Superintendent Joseph Kovalchick said the district will make additional counselors available at all of its schools.

He offered the district's thoughts and prayers to the victims' friends and family as they grapple with their losses.

"Rianna was a good student and a nice person with a great smile. She will be missed by all," Kovalchik said.

Rosalyn loved to sing and dance, and she belonged to Grace Christian Fellowship in Bethlehem, her obituary said.

The mother and daughter were found dead inside the home Thursday at about 11:30 a.m. by extended family, police previously said. Borough police initially tried to make contact with them about four hours earlier but received no response, according to court documents.

Northampton County Coroner Zachary Lysek ruled their deaths as homicides on Thursday, but police have declined to comment on suspects in the case. Houck has previously said the public is not in danger.

In court documents, police linked the homicides to a Sept. 8 incident in South Whitehall Township where a girl was physically abused and threatened with a knife. While police did not identify the victim in that case, the description provided fits Rianna Glass.