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New York woman, 61, fatally shot in home

August 22, 2014
Associated Press

WESTFIELD, N.Y. (AP) — A violinist with two New York orchestras has been found shot to death in her Chautauqua County home.

Sheriff Joseph Gerace (jur-AH-see) said Thursday that deputies found Mary Whitaker's body in her summer residence in Westfield on Wednesday after friends reported that they'd been unable to reach her by phone.

The Buffalo News (http://bit.ly/1sY8iJ8 ) says Whitaker performed with the Chautauqua Institution's Symphony Orchestra and the downstate Westchester Philharmonic.

Her biography on the Westchester orchestra's website says Whitaker had been a member of the philharmonic for 25 years, played regularly on Broadway and spent summers with the Chautauqua Symphony.

Authorities made no immediate arrests.

 
 

 

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