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Married Couple Killed Crossing The Street On New Year's Eve

| by Michael Howard

An elderly couple in Pennsylvania was killed News Year's Eve as they crossed a busy street on their way back from a vigil service at their church.

James and Eileen Locke, 74 and 73 respectively, were pronounced dead at the scene on Lawrence Road in Marple Township around 5:45 p.m.

"I can't even think about it, it's so sad," neighbor Michele Caesar told Philly.com. "They did everything together."

The Lockes had parked across the street from the church and were walking back to their car after the vigil service when they were struck by a vehicle. The driver remained at the scene and was later taken to a nearby hospital to be treated for minor injuries.

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"At this time no charges have been filed," Chief Tom Murray said, according to the Delaware County Daily Times. "We will wait to see what the investigation shows before any such decision is made."

"This is a very dangerous area to cross, especially at night when it is dark," Murray added. "Our thoughts and prayers go out to the Locke family on their tragic loss."

The Lockes, referred to as the "patriarch and matriarch" of Melrose Avenue by their neighbors, were known to hold hands wherever they went.

"I still can't believe it," Rich Caesar said, adding that James was a frequent volunteer at the Catholic Youth Organization.

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Fellow neighbor Jeane Vetter said they live in a tight-knit community that won't be the same now that the Lockes are gone.

"They kept an eye out for all of us. They were great neighbors," Vetter said. "It's such a tragedy. It's a huge loss for everyone."

James and Eileen had raised seven children in their home on Melrose Avenue. In an email to Philly.com, one of their daughters said the family was "heartbroken" but grateful for the "outpouring of love and support" they have received from the community.

Sources: Philly.comDelaware County Daily Times / Photo credit: Maureen Locke via Philly.com

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