Christina Nicassio felt like her "world was ending" because of a recent split with her fiance, and began speaking irrationally at her home in leafy Plum Borough, a suburb of Pittsburgh.
Her parents tired to get her to a hospital yesterday, but she refused their help, and instead, plunged a knife into her father Anthony Nicassio's chest, leaving it lodged inside, police was quoted as saying by the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.
Police arrested her shortly thereafter in the Capri Court home. She told cops she "got played by Hollywood" and killed her dad because, "in a movie, someone who can't love someone else, they stab their father," the report said.
When asked to clarify, she identified the film as the 2001 horror-adventure flick, 'The Mummy Returns' with Brendan Fraser and Rachel Weisz, officials said.
"We are deeply saddened by the death of Dr Nicassio, who was a dedicated and skilled physician and who devoted his life to compassionate care of his patients," UPMC officials said in a statement.
Nicassio, a defender on the University of Pittsburgh's soccer team from 2007-2009 and a four-time Student-Athlete Scholar Award winner, worked as a head coach and personal trainer at the Allegheny Force Football Club, where she coached a team of 16-year-old girls.
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