Parma homicide suspect caught in Buffalo, charged in sister’s death

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PARMA, Ohio-- A suspect is in custody and has been charged following a homicide in Parma Friday morning.

A woman called 911 to report she found her sister dead in a house on Torrington Avenue near State Road just before 7 a.m., police said. Detectives and crime scene personal responded to the scene.

Parma police identified the victim as 55-year-old Vicky Zabala.

On Friday evening, Parma police said the victim's brother,  54-year-old Mark Shankle, is charged with one count of aggravated murder in his sister's death. They tracked the Parma man to Buffalo, New York, where he was arrested by local police.

Arrangements will be made next week with authorities in Buffalo to have Shankle extradited back to Parma to face criminal charges.

Parma police said Shankle was living with his sister at the time.

The crime scene is very close to John Muir Elementary School. School officials said the building was not put on lockdown.