Friends identify victim in Chestnut Hill murder-suicide as beloved salon owner Wendy Feldman

PHILADELPHIA (WPVI) — New details emerge about the murder-suicide that has gripped the normally quiet Chestnut Hill community. On Friday, friends identified the victim as Wendy Feldman, owner of Spa Elysium and Fringe Salon.

“Wendy was outgoing. She would talk to you, she wasn’t afraid of anyone,” friend John Houston said. “She captured it and a lot of people knew her.”

Police received a call from a person with a gun just after 9 p.m. Wednesday. When they got to the parking lot near Bethlehem Pike and Germantown Avenue, they said a 59-year-old woman had been shot in the head and died at the scene.

A 64-year-old man was also shot in the head. He was taken to the hospital, where he later died. Police said they believe the man shot the woman and that the two are married but separated.

“Just to get here and in a split second she’s gone,” Houston said. “Just doesn’t seem fair.”

Employees at Spa Elysium and Fringe Salon declined to speak on camera but said they were devastated and mentioned that Feldman was trying to work through the divorce. Police believe the motive behind the shooting was domestic.

In a statement, Courtney ONeill, executive director of the Chestnut Hill Business District, said: “Wendy Feldman represented what is special about our small business community. She started out as a stylist in Chestnut Hill, but because of her energy and hard work, she built a successful business with Spa Elysium and Fringe Salon, became a real estate owner, and a popular place to work.”

According to the team at 6abc Data Journalism, there were 112 domestic violence deaths across Pennsylvania in 2021, including 26 in the five-county region.

Last week, police believe a man set fire to his girlfriend’s Darby Township home when she tried to break up with him. The fire killed the woman’s sister.

“It’s really, really important to have a safety plan in place when someone is in this situation,” said Joanna Otero-Cruz, executive director of Women Against Abuse. “When a person wants to leave, this is the most dangerous time, as the abuser is often trying to regain the control they are losing. And when he does that, he can erupt into very explosive behavior.”

If you or someone you know is dealing with domestic violence or abuse, help is available. Call the National Domestic Abuse Hotline: 1-888-799-SAFE. You can also chat with someone on, or text “start” to 88788.

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