Greece Police investigating woman's death as homicide, confirm she was shot

Updated: December 30, 2020 11:10 PM
Created: December 30, 2020 03:28 PM

GREECE, N.Y. (WHEC) — As Greece Police investigate the murder of Ottilia Piros, the 36-year-old's family and friends are mourning her death, all wondering why someone would take her life.

Piros is described as being full of life according to her close friend Ashley Tatum. She talked to News10NBC about the good times they shared.

Tatum says she and Piros grew up together. News of her death was devastating. Tatum remembers Piros for all her good qualities.

"She was hilarious," Tatum said. "She was great. She was just an amazing person. She set goals for herself, and she did them."

Piros was found dead in her kitchen by Greece Police Tuesday morning while conducting a welfare check at her home on West Parkway. At first, Police ruled this a suspicious death, but that changed during their investigation.

"An autopsy was conducted this morning, and it was determined a manner of death was homicide, and the cause of death was a gunshot wound to her head," Chief Drew Forsythe said.

Piros operated a hair and nail salon out of her home. She was reportedly taking care of her father who lives in a nursing home, as well as her pets.

"She loved her dog, her dog Bella," Tatum said. "She just lived to work, and make a living for herself. You know she concentrated on that." 

She also tells News10NBC that she talked to Piros just last week.

"Yeah, we were talking about snow. She wanted snow for Christmas. Yeah," Tatum said.

After her death, Tatum talked to the Piros family and Piros' estranged husband. 

"He's devastated. He is just, he can't believe it. None of us can," Tatum said.

Greece Police hoping to wrap up this investigation quickly.

"I do anticipate, and I'm confident in the coming days that the person or persons responsible for this heinous act will be brought to justice,"  Chief Forsythe said.

He went on to say this homicide was not a random act, and the community is considered safe. They are being assisted by State Police.

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