(NY DAILY NEWS) A rambling note was found in the vehicle of a 29-year-old man who cops say may have repeatedly stabbed himself before driving into an SUV and killing three people in Philadelphia, including a couple who became engaged during the Christmas holiday.
Cops say Keith Campbell crossed the median into opposing traffic at about 2 a.m. on Wednesday while speeding near Citizens Bank Park, where the Phillies play. Joseph Ferry, 36; fiancée Kelly Wiseley, 35; and Dennis Palandro, 31, died at the scene. Palandro’s wife suffered a broken pelvis and was in critical condition.
The two couples were returning home after a party at the South Philadelphia String Band clubhouse where the two men were band members. The band had won second place in its division in the New Year’s Day Mummers Parade.
Palandro’s father is a captain of the string band, according to ABC 6. The band had won second place after taking home the top prize in 2018.
A note was found in Campbell’s vehicle, according to ABC 6. Investigators have not determined if it was a suicide note, according to the station.
Campbell, a resident of Delaware who remains hospitalized in critical condition with up to 20 stab wounds, is facing criminal charges in connection with the three deaths. Cops have not been able to confirm that his stab wounds were self-inflicted, but found a knife in his vehicle that was “covered in blood,” according to NBC 10.
“It’s highly unusual, I’ve never seen it before,” Mark Overwise of the Philadelphia Police Department said during a press conference on Wednesday.
Ferry and Wiseley had recently decided to get married, friends said.
“Now instead of getting excited and planning a wedding, we’re starting to make arrangements for a funeral,” Ferry’s cousin and country music singer Payton Taylor told NBC 10. “And that’s just the hardest. We’re all still in shock.”
Taylor, who appeared on “American Idol” last year, told the station that Ferry was her bass player during her first show.
“Completely woke up to our whole world just being shattered,” she told NBC.