Mother Of Children Killed in Murder-Suicide Files Lawsuit Against City
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The mother of one of the victims in a murder suicide that killed two local girls in the Adirondacks last year is filing a lawsuit against the city of Rochester and its police department.
Raechel Coffey filed lawsuit against the city, the RPD, and a number of its officers. She claims officers were negligent when she reported her daughter Noel Parcells was taken by their father Adam Parcells, despite an order of protection filed against him.
Adam Parcells shot and killed Noel and her half-sister Mia before killing himself while at a Warren County campsite last September.
Coffey says police took 2 ½ hours to respond to her 911 call. The lawsuit alleges officers said they would call the campsite where Adam took the girls, but the lawsuit alleges no calls were ever made.
The lawsuit claims Coffey was wrongfully told by police to get a court order for the case to proceed when it was not necessary.
City spokesman Gary Walker released a statement, saying:
"This was a tragic occurrence and we feel badly for the mother, though it's difficult to understand just what role the City has in this situation. As with all pending litigation, we cannot speak to any particulars of the case."