An Ohio widow got into a heated argument at her husband’s funeral with a woman who claimed to be the man’s girlfriend, leading to a brawl that required pepper spray to break up, the New York Daily News reports.
Around 3:30 p.m. Monday, police in Dayton — between Cincinnati and Columbus — were dispatched to the Young Lusain Funeral Home to respond to a report about a fight during services for 70-year-old John Finley.
According to police, the man’s widow, 57-year-old Jacqueline Finley, became upset when she saw that Nicole Corbitt, who was reportedly the man’s girlfriend, entered the funeral home.
Finley asked an employee to tell Corbitt to go away, but Corbitt refused, prompting an argument and physical altercation between the wife and mistress, records show.
While Corbitt was exiting the funeral service, she is alleged to have punched Finley’s daughter, Shyla Cooks, in her face.
The aggression is alleged to have spread at that point, with Corbitt, Finley, Cooks and multiple other women going at each other, it has been reported.
A man and a funeral home employee tried to break up the brawl, but they were not successful at pulling the women apart.
Finely later pepper-sprayed the other women, which ended the fight, according to police.
Corbitt had already departed the funeral home when police arrived on scene, and those that were still there said they did not know how to find her.
Cooks’ left eye was swollen because of the fight, but no other injuries were reported.
Police did not make any arrests in connection with the fight, WDTN-TV reports. It was not immediately clear Thursday whether the women would face charges.