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On Tuesday, police in Greece, New York announced that they have arrested two suspects in the murder of 39-year-old Otillia Piros. Piros’ daughter, 17-year-old Hannah Thomas, and her boyfriend, 16-year-old Richard Avila, are each facing charges of second-degree murder and second-degree criminal possession of a weapon.

According to Greece Police Chief Drew Forsythe, Thomas and Avila live in Arizona and were visiting Piros in New York for the holidays. In the early morning hours of December 29, the two were pulled over in St. Robert, Missouri for speeding. They gave inconsistent stories regarding their identities and who owns the vehicle. Its as discovered that vehicle belonged to Piros. This led the officer to contact Greece police and request that they contact Piros to make sure the two had permission to use her car.

Police found Piros’ body in the kitchen of her home, dead of two gunshot wounds to the head. Investigators believe she was killed on either December 28 or 29.

Police recovered a handgun from Piros’ vehicle. Ballistic analysis confirmed that this handgun was the firearm used in her murder. The motive for the crime remains unclear.

Otillia (left) pictured with her daughter Hannah.

“This woman didn’t deserve this, over the holidays at the hands of her own daughter,” said Forsythe. “Think about that, the manner that this occurred. Our hearts go out to their family, to their friends, because it doesn’t get much worse than that.”

Thomas and Avila have not yet entered pleas and are being held in Missouri as they await extradition to New York.

Anyone with information on this case is asked to call the Greece Police at (585) 865-9200.

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