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Brother of woman killed in Middletown murder-suicide had been trying to reconcile with her

Posted 1/9/19

The brother of the woman killed last week in a double murder-suicide in Middletown was in the process of trying to reconcile with her after years of not speaking.

Nightflower Staats had the name …

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Brother of woman killed in Middletown murder-suicide had been trying to reconcile with her

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The brother of the woman killed last week in a double murder-suicide in Middletown was in the process of trying to reconcile with her after years of not speaking.

Nightflower Staats had the name Nightflower because she is half-Mohawk Indian, her brother Justin Rogers told the Press & Journal on Monday. Nightflower’s father was full Mohawk.

She was born in London, Canada, in the southern part of Ontario wedged between Michigan to the west, and Buffalo and the rest of New York to the east.

Nightflower had dual citizenship, as her mother was an American citizen, said Rogers. He and Nightflower had different fathers.

At 44, Nightflower was seven years older than Rogers. The two had one other sibling, a sister.

They grew up together in York, in a “normal” family, said Rogers, who now lives north of Scranton.

Rogers remembers Nightflower as happy and outgoing. He believes those same traits led her to want to leave home and go out on her own as soon as she could, which Nightflower did when she was 18.

From that time on Nightflower traveled around a lot. Rogers said he hadn’t even spoken with Nightflower, until about five or six years ago.

Rogers said he doesn’t know how long Nightflower and Marvin Caddell had been together, or if they had been together all the time since when their 7-year-old son was born.

Nightflower would send letters to Rogers on occasion, but the letters never had a return address.

Caddell seemed to move the family around frequently, and he would not allow Nightflower to let anyone know where they were, Rogers said.

Today, he looks back at this as a “red flag” that he now wishes he would have done more about.

Before Middletown, Rogers said he knew that Nightflower, Caddell and their son had lived in Bensalem, and in Cobbs Creek in West Philadelphia, Rogers said. He didn’t know what led them to move to Middletown.

Rogers said he has no recent photos of Nightflower. But they had been keeping in touch more in recent years, Rogers said. She had given him her email address.

Rogers had found photos of himself and Nightflower together when they were younger, back before she had moved out.

He had wanted to send some of those photos to Nightflower, so she could share them with her son.

“I was working on that,” Rogers said, referring to sending the photos to her. He was never able to do it.