UPMC doctor killed by daughter who was re-enacting ‘Mummy’ movie, police say |

UPMC doctor killed by daughter who was re-enacting ‘Mummy’ movie, police say

Megan Guza
Andrew Russell | Tribune-Review
Christina Nicassio of Plum is accused of stabbing her 69-year-old father, Dr. Anthony J. Nicassio, to death at his Plum home on May 6, 2017.
Anthony Nicassio, 69, died at his home on Capri Court at 3:30 a.m., accord to the Allegheny County Medical Examiner's Office.
Christina Nicassio
Christina Nicassio is seen second from the left in the back row of this Tribune-Review file photo from 2014. She was part of the Fix's Auto Body team that won the Disney 3v3 Soccer Championships in Orlando, Fla. On the team were, in front, from left: Lauren Penn, Jessica Fix, and Leigh Cullen; and in back, from left: Adrienne Steckel, Christina Nicassio, Lindsay Koch and Jordan Baranowski.

A Plum woman told police she was re-enacting the movie “The Mummy Returns” when she stabbed her father to death early Saturday as he tried to talk her into checking into a Monroeville hospital, according to police.

Christina Nicassio, 27, told police her father had to die, according to a criminal complaint.

“I don’t know why, I thought he had to die,” she told police.

Dr. Anthony Nicassio, 69, died inside his Capri Court home at 3:30 a.m., the Allegheny County Medical Examiner’s Office reported. County police said Nicassio, a UPMC doctor, was stabbed in the chest. Autopsy results released Sunday confirmed that he died from his wounds.

Police and paramedics responded shortly after 3 a.m., police Superintendent Coleman McDonough said.

According to the complaint, Nicassio and his wife were trying to talk their daughter into going to Forbes Regional Hospital. She had recently broken up with her fiancé, police reported.

When Christina Nicassio began speaking irrationally and nonsensically, her parents tried to get her into the vehicle and to the hospital, according to the complaint. She grabbed a knife, and her mother called police. Nicassio tried to take the knife away from his daughter, but she stabbed him twice, police wrote in the complaint.

Christina Nicassio told police she “felt the world was ending,” according to the complaint. “They were trying to take me to find out what is wrong with me; I didn’t want to go,” she reportedly said.

She told police she had grabbed the knife from the kitchen hours earlier, and she knew before she did it that she had to kill her father, according to the complaint.

“I got played by Hollywood,” she told police. “In a movie, someone who can’t love someone else, they stab their father,” police quoted her as saying.

She told police the movie was “The Mummy Returns.”

Police charged Christina Nicassio with homicide.

The former soccer player at Plum High School and the University of Pittsburgh recently served as head coach of a girls’ soccer team with the Allegheny Force Football Club. She was a former real estate agent with Northwood Realty in the company’s Murrysville office, according to her Facebook page and an online directory.

UPMC released the following statement:

“We are deeply saddened by the death of Dr. Nicassio, who was a dedicated and skilled physician and who devoted his life to compassionate care of his patients.”

Christina Nicassio remained in the Allegheny County Jail on Saturday. Court records show a preliminary hearing is scheduled May 17.

Police continue to investigate.

Megan Guza is a Tribune-Review staff writer. Reach her at 412-380-8519, [email protected] or via Twitter at @meganguzaTrib.

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