An 18-year-old man remains behind bars without bond, charged with homicide in the stabbing death of his mother. It happened at her Millcreek mobile home on Friday just after 10:00 PM. Police, family members and neighbors are trying to understand what lead to the deadly assault.
It was in a trailer on Patlin Court off West 12th Street in Millcreek where Mary Burrows' life came to an end. Her own son, Michael Burrows is charged with the crime.
"He was kind of labeled as a trouble maker around here so I always kept an eye on him, but he didn't seem like that violent of a person," said Sean Pedow, a neighbor who lives across the street from the Burrows.
After the apparent assault with a knife, Burrows called 9-1-1.
This is an excerpt from that emergency dispatch: "Looks like the caller is going to be an 18-year-old male...several priors including mental health history...1219 Patlin Court cardiac arrest stage away, pd is en route...possible assault or stabbing, unknown age female, unresponsive, bleeding from the throat."
According to the Erie County Coroner's office, Mary Burrows died of multiple sharp force trauma, two stab wounds to the neck and another to the abdomen, ultimately took her life.
Millcreek police officials said the son admitted to being involved in the incident, and was arraigned Saturday morning.
Family members said they don't know what drove Michael to kill his mother, but his father said he smelled alcohol on Michael's breath a short time before the murder took place. The family suspects drugs or alcohol may have played a part.
Police aren't commenting on that yet.
A celebration of Mary Burrows' life is planned for Thursday evening. It will take place from 7:00 to 9:00 p.m. at a home at 3002 Glenwood Park Avenue.
Memorials to help the family cover funeral costs can be made to Orlando Funeral at 2122 Raspberry Street.