Philadelphia City Council mourns death of human resources director

Police say Linda Rios Neuby's husband killed her and himself.

Pat Loeb
August 17, 2018 - 9:48 am
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PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — Philadelphia City Council is in mourning, after the death of its human resources director, Friday morning, in an apparent murder-suicide.

Police said Linda Rios Neuby, 37, was shot by her husband, Haywood Neuby, 43, who then turned the gun on himself inside their home in the Holmesburg neighborhood of Northeast Philadelphia .

Authorities said it happened around 8:30 a.m., just moments after the couple's 4-year-old twin daughters left the house with their babysitter. 

Both Rios and her husband were pronounced dead at the scene. No one else was harmed.

The babysitter told police she heard arguing and then gunshots. But police said they don't know what the argument was about or if violent arguments were a pattern in their relationship.

Rios worked for City Council for 20 years, starting out as an intern and working her way up to director of Human Resources. 

“My entire Administration is saddened by the news of the passing of Linda Rios," Mayor Jim Kenney said in a stement. "I had the privilege of working with Linda for years during my tenure on City Council and I knew her to be a dedicated public servant. My deepest thoughts and sympathies are with Linda’s family, Council President Clarke and his staff, and all of our colleagues at City Council.”

Councilwoman Jannie Blackwell said Rios was universally loved and will ne missed.

"She's always been such a wonderful person," Blackwell said. "Everybody's upset because to know her was to love her. She was friendly, helpful, nice to everyone, courteous."

Council President Darrell Clark also issued a statement, calling Rios "more than a dedicated public servant, a beloved colleague and friend."

He also urged anyone in a violent or abusive relationship to seek help by calling 911 or the Women Against Abuse hotline at 866-723-3014.

KYW Newsradio's Mike Dougherty contributed to this report.