Elkins Park Teen Killed In Roxborough Shooting Was Weeks From Graduation: Family Elkins Park Teen Killed In Roxborough Shooting Was Weeks From Graduation: Family
Elkins Park Teen Killed In Roxborough Shooting Was Weeks From Graduation: Family Elijah Deloach, the 18-year-old shot and killed in Philadelphia on Tuesday night, May 21, was two weeks away from graduating high school, according to loved ones.  In a GoFundMe campaign set up to assist with funeral costs, family members called Deloach a "heroic young man." "Due to gun violence and Elijah's bravery he was taken from us unexpectedly," wrote campaign organizer Angela Yanni.  "Elijah was trying to de-escalate a domestic abuse situation and help the victim get out safe, tragically being shot in the process." Philadelphia police believe Deloach was shot by 23-y…
Longtime PA Girl Scout Volunteer Dies Of Cancers 5 Days After Diagnoses Longtime PA Girl Scout Volunteer Dies Of Cancers 5 Days After Diagnoses
Longtime PA Girl Scout Volunteer Dies Of Cancers 5 Days After Diagnoses A mom of two of her own children but scout mom to hundreds, has died following a short battle with cancers, her family told Daily Voice shortly after her passing. Stephanie J. (Porter) Pikora, 61 originally of Dudley, Mass. but more recently of Harrisburg, PA, passed away just after 3 a.m. on Thursday, May 16, 2024. She was the youngest of five children born to Lorraine (Bonnette) and Lawrence Porter in Webster, MA on Oct. 14, 1962. It wasn't long before she first met the love of her life and future husband Dennis. When he was 6-years-old he couldn't recall the address of his new home on t…
Construction Worker, Union Member Killed On Pennsylvania Jobsite Construction Worker, Union Member Killed On Pennsylvania Jobsite
Insulators Union Member Matthew Holloran Killed On Jobsite Union colleagues are passing the hat for Matthew Holloran, who died on a job site last Wednesday, May 8.  "Matt passed away while working on a construction site in West Philadelphia," wrote fellow Insulators Union member Maria Pfrommer on GoFundMe.  "This is a tragedy that hits too close to home, a stark reminder of the dangers our brothers and sisters face every day on construction sites nationwide and just how short life is." A spokesperson for the Occupational Safety and Health Administration said Holloran's death is under investigation.  Holloran, 49, of Glenm…
'A Pillar Of Knowledge': Colleagues, Loved Ones Mourn Late Wyomissing Fire Captain 'A Pillar Of Knowledge': Colleagues, Loved Ones Mourn Late Wyomissing Fire Captain
'A Pillar Of Knowledge': Colleagues, Loved Ones Mourn Late Wyomissing Fire Captain Derrick Nester, a Captain of the Wyomissing Fire Department, has died, his firehouse colleagues announced on Tuesday, May 7. He was 43.  "Mere words cannot express the profound sadness and heartbreak we are all feeling right now at the loss of our Brother Captain Derrick Nester of the Wyomissing Fire Department," members of the Berks Professional Firefighters Association wrote in a statement.  "Derrick was a pillar of knowledge and experience that could be relied upon no matter the situation or emergency." Mere words cannot express the profound sadness and heartbreak we are a…
Marlton's Christopher J. Lenegan, 30, Died Suddenly Marlton's Christopher J. Lenegan, 30, Died Suddenly
Marlton's Christopher J. Lenegan, 30, Died Suddenly Christopher J. Lenegan, of Marlton, died suddenly on Sunday, April 28 at home, according to an obituary published by Bradley Funeral Home. He was 30 years old.  The Philadelphia native's life "was one marked by love, kindness, and a warm spirit that drew people to him," his obit said. Christopher was a parishioner of St. Joan of Arc Church. An avid outdoorsman, Christopher enjoyed fishing and cherished his trips to the shore, where he could be found casting a line into the water, hoping for a good catch, his obit said. A collector and avid reader of comic books, Christopher found esc…
Driver Who Died In Allentown Crash Was Temple Grad And Software Engineer, Family Says Driver Who Died In Allentown Crash Was Temple Grad And Software Engineer, Family Says
Driver Who Died In Allentown Crash Was Temple Grad And Software Engineer, Family Says Abeil Adilow, a Philadelphia man and Temple University alumnus, died in a crash in Allentown on Tuesday, April 30, authorities have said. He was 27.  Police said Adilow crashed on the 1900 block of Lehigh Street just after 1 a.m. He was taken to Lehigh Valley Hospital-Cedar Crest where he later succumbed to his injuries.  In a GoFundMe set up by family members to assist with his funeral costs, loved ones said Adilow was a Philadelphia native and a member of Central High School’s 273rd graduating class. He went on to receive a degree from Temple and was most recentl…
Pennsauken's Sean Hill Killed In Car Crash Loved Church, Fireworks Pennsauken's Sean Hill Killed In Car Crash Loved Church, Fireworks
Pennsauken's Sean Hill Killed In Car Crash Loved Church, Fireworks Funeral services are Friday, April 26 in Philadelphia for a 20-year-old Camden County, NJ, man killed in a car crash earlier this month. Sean L. Hill, a graduate of Pennsauken High School, was a passenger in a car that rear-ended a tractor-trailer in Pennsauken on April 16. Sean developed a deep passion for cars and a greater love for fireworks, often saving his paychecks to buy enough for spectacular displays, according to his obituary published by May Funeral Home. "Sean loved attending car shows and monster truck events and cherished ending any occasion with a fireworks show," the obitu…
Thousands Raised For Family Of Late Delco Fitness Trainer Thousands Raised For Family Of Late Delco Fitness Trainer
Obituary: Ruth Vellucci Of Fight Shape Dies, 42 Ruth (nee Kent) Vellucci, a beloved wife, mother, and instructor at Fight Shape gym in Broomall, died on Wednesday, April 17, according to her obituary. She was 42.  "Ruthie was a beacon of light in our lives, radiating warmth, love, and compassion to all who knew her," wrote Lauren McGilligan on GoFundMe.  "She was the rock that held her family AND the Fight Shape family together." View this post on Instagram A post shared by Fight Shape (@fightshapegym) According to her obituary, Vellucci is survived by her husband Vincent a…
24-Year-Old Pennsylvania Professional Baseball Player Killed In Crash: Officials 24-Year-Old Pennsylvania Professional Baseball Player Killed In Crash: Officials
24-Year-Old Pennsylvania Professional Baseball Player Killed In Crash: Officials A professional minor league baseball player died in a motorcycle crash last week numerous organizations confirmed on Monday, April 22. Ronny Garcia, a 24-year-old pitcher had recently signed to play for the Class AA team York Revolution before a motorcycle crash in Samana, Dominic Republic on Saturday, Hector Gomez Major League Baseball Insider reported, on Saturday, April 20. He noted that his father was also killed in the crash. Garcia was an international prospect who signed with the Houston Astros' farm system as a pitcher in 2016, playing on the minor league team from 2017 to 2023. …
Norristown Dad Dies Weeks After Montco Motorcycle Crash: PA State Police Norristown Dad Dies Weeks After Montco Motorcycle Crash: PA State Police
Norristown Dad Dies Weeks After Montco Motorcycle Crash: PA State Police Kristopher Laffredo, a beloved Norristown father, brother, uncle, and son, died from injuries sustained in a motorcycle accident on April 3, according to his obituary from Boyd-Horrox-Givnish Funeral Home. He was 38.  Laffredo was involved in a crash near the corner of Stump Hall and Anders roads in Skippack Township on March 15 and taken to Jefferson Einstein Hospital in Philadelphia where he later died, according to Pennsylvania State Police.  In his obituary, family members said he was a devoted father and uncle and a fiercely loyal Philadelphia sports fan.  In addition to his son and h…
PA Native And NFL Hopeful Amitral 'AJ' Simon Dies Week Before Draft PA Native And NFL Hopeful Amitral 'AJ' Simon Dies Week Before Draft
PA Native And NFL Hopeful Amitral 'AJ' Simon Dies Week Before Draft Amitral "AJ" Simon, a Tobyhanna native and NFL prospect, died Tuesday, April 16, just one week before the 2024 draft, according to loved ones on GoFundMe. He was 25. "Our family lost a piece of our heart that will forever be missed," wrote campaign organizers.  "AJ was an amazing son, brother, uncle, teammate, friend, and inspiration to many. He was a star on and off the field with an immense impact on the youth and community." Loved ones said he was "at the pinnacle of his football career" and had hopes of playing professionally.  Simon was a defensive lineman for the Universit…
Philly Woman Killed In Wrong-Way Crash Was Nursing Student, Philanthropist: Family Philly Woman Killed In Wrong-Way Crash Was Nursing Student, Philanthropist: Family
Thaduba M. Turay Obituary Thaduba Magdalena Turay of Philadelphia died when she was struck head-on by an allegedly DUI driver on Sunday, April 14, according to state police. She was 21.  Turay was born in Freetown, Sierra Leone, and moved to the United States with her family when she was 1 year old, loved ones wrote on GoFundMe. She attended Cardinal O'Hara High School in Springfield and went on to study nursing at Cheyney University of Pennsylvania. At Cheyney, Turay helped launch a praise dance club and was involved in other campus groups, according to loved ones. GoFundMe organizer Fatoumata Conte…
Delaware County Woman, 21, Dies From Fall Delaware County Woman, 21, Dies From Fall
Melissa O'Malley Obituary Melissa E. O'Malley, a Delaware County native and University of Tampa student, died "following a tragic fall" on Sunday, April 14, loved ones wrote in her obituary. She was 21.  Born in Philadelphia, O'Malley attended Marple Newtown High School and was a junior studying marketing and public relations at UT, her obituary says.  She held a part-time job at Dairy Joy, an ice cream shop in Tampa, and worked at the Surfing Pig in North Wildwood, NJ, according to the restaurant. Friends, coworkers, and loved ones posted tributes on social media.  It is with great sadness…
Sudden Death Of MontCo School's Facilities Director 'Mr. Rich' Leaves Trail Of Broken Hearts Sudden Death Of MontCo School's Facilities Director 'Mr. Rich' Leaves Trail Of Broken Hearts
Sudden Death Of MontCo School's Facilities Director 'Mr. Rich' Leaves Trail Of Broken Hearts The death of a facilities director popular among both staff and students of a Montgomery County school has died unexpectedly, prompting an outpouring of support. Richard J. Borowiec, affectionately known simply as "Mr. Rich," died on April 7, 2024. He was two days shy of celebrating his 47th birthday, his obituary shows. Rich had been employed as the facilities director of the St. Genevieve School and Parish in Flourtown for the last 22 years. A testament to his popularity, more than $25,000 had been raised on a GoFundMe for the Borowiec family as of press time. A Philadelphia native, "Ri…
Longtime Bucks Firefighter Frank Wilson Dies, 67 Longtime Bucks Firefighter Frank Wilson Dies, 67
Longtime Bucks Firefighter Frank Wilson Dies, 67 Francis J. Wilson, a 50-year member of the Union Fire Company in Bensalem, died on Monday, April 8, his obituary says. He was 67.  Wilson's Station 37 colleagues said the Fire Company was his "second home." He had served as trustee, fire police sergeant, and assistant chief during his tenure as a firefighter, the Company said.  With sadness, we announce the passing of another Life Member Frank Wilson, Trustee, Fire Police Sergeant and past... Posted by Union Fire Company - Station 37 on Monday, April 8, 2024 "He was a dedicated member that will be deeply missed by his fel…
Deer Crashes Through Windshield Killing Mom From NJ On I-276 In Bucks County: State Police Deer Crashes Through Windshield Killing Mom From NJ On I-276 In Bucks County: State Police
Deer Crashes Through Windshield Killing Mom From NJ On I-276 In Bucks County: State Police Molly Dowd, 43-year-old New Jersey mother, died Monday, April 1, the day after a deer jumped through the windshield of the car she was riding in on a Pennsylvania highway, according to her PA State Police and her obituary on the Dangler Funeral Home website. Dowd was a passenger in the vehicle operated by Michael Bird on I-276 east when a deer crossed the westbound lanes, jumped over the center concrete barrier and onto the hood of the vehicle at 6:25 p.m. March 31 in Lower Southampton, Pennsylvania State Police said in a news release. The deer came crashing through the windshield, seriousl…
Allentown Teen Pedestrian Struck Dead In Whitehall ID'd By Coroner (UPDATED) Allentown Teen Pedestrian Struck Dead In Whitehall ID'd By Coroner (UPDATED)
Allentown Teen Pedestrian Struck Dead In Whitehall ID'd By Coroner (Updated) A teenager has died after being hit by a car in Whitehall Township on Monday, April 8, according to officials.  Emmanuel Gboyah, 15, of Allentown, was struck on the 1100 block of MacArthur Road around 8:30 p.m., the Lehigh County Coroner's Office said in a release.  He was taken to Lehigh Valley Hospital-Cedar Crest where he was pronounced dead, officials said. His cause of death was blunt force injuries and the manner of death was accidental, Coroner Daniel A. Buglio said following an autopsy on Wednesday, April 10.  "As we grieve this tragic loss together, my deepest …
Lower Merion Teacher Killed In Crash Was 'Amazing Husband, Father, And Friend': Fundraiser Lower Merion Teacher Killed In Crash Was 'Amazing Husband, Father, And Friend': Fundraiser
Lower Merion Teacher Killed In Crash Was 'Amazing Husband, Father, And Friend': Fundraiser Friends and community members are collecting donations for the family of the Lower Merion teacher who died in a car accident last Tuesday, April 2.  Tim Mohan, 53, was a social studies teacher at Bala Cynwyd Middle School for 30 years and also served as the school's Athletics and Activities Director, school district officials have said. A GoFundMe to benefit his wife and children has raised nearly $15,000 in three days.   "Tim was an amazing husband, father, and friend," wrote campaign organizer Megan Nieberle.  "Tim's love of his family and friends, contagious sm…
Fiery Crash Kills Chambersburg Native 24-Year-Old In Central PA, State Police Say Fiery Crash Kills Chambersburg Native 24-Year-Old In Central PA, State Police Say
Fiery Crash Kills Chambersburg Native 24-Year-Old In Central PA, State Police Say A 24-year-old man died at the scene of a crash in Central Pennsylvania, State Police announced on Monday, April 8. Mason Allen Kelley originally of Chambersburg most recently of Carlisle, was heading west on East Old York Road near Lerew Road in Carlisle when he left his lane for an unknown reason at 12:21 a.m. on April 6, the state police detailed in the release. Kelley exited the right-hand lane, and entered into the eastbound lane before leaving the roadway entirely, striking a tree head-on, and becoming engulfed in flames, according to PSP. Citizens Fire Company, Yellow Breeches EMS, C…
Mounted Police Horse Who Served In Philadelphia Dies Mounted Police Horse Who Served In Philadelphia Dies
Mounted Police Horse Who Served In Philadelphia Dies A beloved police horse featured in numerous magazines and a children's book, has died from Cushing's Disease, the Lancaster City Bureau of Police announced on Monday, April 8. The Lancaster Mounted Police Horse, Liam, was a Clydesdale Hackney Cross born in Toronto in 2001, where he worked as a carriage horse before financial constraints lead the previous caretaker to part ways. Liam joined the force in 2005 and was paired with Officer Eric Lukacs in 2007 through his retirement on April 29th, 2023.  Officer Eric Lukacs and his partner, mounted police force horse, Liam. Lancaster Bu…
Fraternity VP From NJ Found Dead On Bucknell Campus Remembered By Campaign Fraternity VP From NJ Found Dead On Bucknell Campus Remembered By Campaign
Fraternity VP From NJ Found Dead On Bucknell Campus Remembered By Campaign Services have been finalized for Christian Samay, a New Jersey native, who died while attending Bucknell University on Saturday, March 30 at 22 years old, as previously reported by Daily Voice. Samay, a political science major, was active in the Phi Gama Delta fraternity where he was elected vice president and treasurer his junior year, according to his obituary on the Norma Dean Funeral Home website. In the summers, he worked as an investment banker, his obit says.  Growing up in Mountain Lakes, Christian played lacrosse and soccer: "He was the consummate team player, a loya…
Lower Merion Social Studies Teacher Killed In Car Crash, District Says Lower Merion Social Studies Teacher Killed In Car Crash, District Says
Lower Merion Social Studies Teacher Killed In Car Crash, District Says Tim Mohan, a longtime teacher at Bala Cynwyd Middle School, died in a car accident on Tuesday, April 2, according to the Lower Merion School District.  Mohan, who also served as the school's Athletics and Activities Director, was a husband and father who taught social studies at Bala Cynwyd for 30 years, administrators said in a statement.  “Mr. Mohan was a pillar of the BC Community who loved and cared for his students," said BCMS Principal Jeffrey Hunter.  "Each day since 1993, he could be seen greeting his students with a smile in the hallway. He was a natural with h…
PA Mom Who Died After Crash Was '5-Foot Woman With Giant Personality,' Daughter Says PA Mom Who Died After Crash Was '5-Foot Woman With Giant Personality,' Daughter Says
PA Mom Who Died After Crash Was '5-Foot Woman With Giant Personality,' Daughter Says Iris Crystal Mercado, an Allentown mother, and New Jersey native, died from injuries sustained in a car crash on Sunday, March 31, authorities said. She was 37.  Mercado, called Crystal by friends and loved ones, was hospitalized after a wreck on Route 22 in South Whitehall on Feb. 3, state police have said.  Her daughter Ciara Rodriguez said Mercado was "a 5-foot woman with the personality of a giant." "My mother loved being around friends and family and just enjoying being outside," Rodriguez told Daily Voice.  "She was great at whatever she learned and put her mind …
PA Mom Of 3 Killed Wished Family, Friends Happy Easter In Facebook Post Before Crash PA Mom Of 3 Killed Wished Family, Friends Happy Easter In Facebook Post Before Crash
PA Mom Of 3 Killed Wished Family, Friends Happy Easter In Facebook Post Before Crash A 38-year-old mom of three has died following a three-vehicle crash in Lancaster County on Saturday, Pennsylvania State Police announced on Monday, April 1 and her family detailed on social media. Jazmin Dietrich of York died at Reading Hospital the same day as the crash, according to state police in Lancaster. The crash happened on PA Route 222 North just north of Dry Tavern Road in Brecknock Township at 8:33 a.m. on March 30, investigating Trooper Joshua Mease detailed in the release. Jazmin was wearing a seatbelt in front passenger's seat of a BMW driven by 51-year-old William De La Cru…
Producer Of Popular Nike, 'Dawn Saves Wildlife' Commercials From Philly Michael Downey Dies Producer Of Popular Nike, 'Dawn Saves Wildlife' Commercials From Philly Michael Downey Dies
Producer Of Popular Nike, 'Dawn Saves Wildlife' Commercials From Philly Michael Downey Dies Michael Joseph Downey, a Norwood resident who produced the well-reviewed movie "Roadie" and popular television commercials died on Sunday, March 18 at the age of 57, according to his obituary. Downey and his wife Christen founded Hero Content, which produced commercials for Nike and Proctor and Gamble, like the popular "Dawn Saves Wildlife" commercials. Downey assisted with charitable campaigns for Hackensack University Health Network, the PAL Wrestling Program and Family Promise of Bergen County, his obituary reads. In 2012, "Roadie" starring Ron Eldard and Jill Hennessy was released…
Community Rallies For 2 Families After 5 Killed In PA House Fires Community Rallies For 2 Families After 5 Killed In PA House Fires
Community Rallies For 2 Families After 5 Killed In PA House Fires Friends, family, and neighbors have rallied to help a mom and her two surviving children after her fiance and four of her children were killed in a massive house fire in Western Pennsylvania early Wednesday morning. A 27-year-old dad, Tyler J. King; his children Kyson John, 7; Kinzleigh John, 6; Keagan John, 3; and 1-month-old Korbyn John were found dead in their home in the 400 block of Guy Street in Jeanette just after midnight on March 20, officials explained and Daily Voice previously reported.  The mom, Miranda John, and two other young children, Kaiden and Kash, we…
Bucks County Fire Company Mourns Longtime Member Bucks County Fire Company Mourns Longtime Member
Bucks County Fire Company Mourns Longtime Member James Curran, a retired life member of the Eddington Fire Company of Bensalem, died last Thursday, March 14, according to his obituary. He was 83.  His Eddington colleagues said Curran served more than 40 years with the company and had been battalion chief, company secretary, and fire police captain. He was also part of the all-volunteer Philadelphia Second Alarmers.  Other area departments offered condolences on social media.  Our thoughts and prayers are with Jim’s family and friends and the Eddington Fire Company - Station 28. As they mourn the loss of Jim Curran. May…
Philly Native Anthony Tartaglia, 48, Survived By High School Sweetheart Philly Native Anthony Tartaglia, 48, Survived By High School Sweetheart
Philly Native Anthony Tartaglia, 48, Survived By High School Sweetheart Anthony Tartaglia, of Franklinville, died peacefully on Friday, March 15, with his family by his side, according to an obituary published by Farnelli Funeral Home. He was 48 years old. Originally from Philadelphia, Anthony grew up in South Philadelphia. After graduation, he joined the Navy and was stationed in San Diego, his obituary said. "Having married his high school sweetheart, he and his wife lived in San Diego, Glassboro, Woodbury, and Franklinville before settling there to raise their family," his obituary said. He was married to his wife, the former Noel Powers, for 28 years.…
Philly Man Killed In Hit-Run Was Barber With 'Passion For His Craft,' Family Says Philly Man Killed In Hit-Run Was Barber With 'Passion For His Craft,' Family Says
Philly Man Killed In Hit-Run Was Barber With 'Passion For His Craft,' Family Says Friends and neighbors are rallying for the Philadelphia man killed in a hit-and-run crash last Tuesday, Feb. 27.  Toby "Sameer" Bryant, 47, was struck crossing the 7900 block of Ogontz Avenue around 11:15 p.m., Daily Voice reported. Police said the driver got out of their car to assess the damage then sped off.  The investigation and the search for the suspect are ongoing, authorities have said.  According to loved ones on GoFundMe, Bryant was a popular barber in his community for 15 years.  "He truly loved what he did for a living," wrote his daughter Aneesah Hughes-B…
Lehigh Valley Mom, 46, Was 'Vibrant Soul,' Loved Ones Recall Lehigh Valley Mom, 46, Was 'Vibrant Soul,' Loved Ones Recall
Lehigh Valley Mom, 46, Was 'Vibrant Soul,' Loved Ones Recall Catherine Blank of Emmaus died on Wednesday, Feb. 14 after she was reported missing by authorities. She was 46.  Blank was found near the railroad tracks along Indian Creek Road a little over a day after police reported her disappearance, the Lehigh County Coroner's Office has said.  Her cause and manner of death were pending further investigation following her autopsy on Feb. 16.  "Cathy, a vibrant soul known for her kindness, love for animals, and radiant smile, tragically lost her life under harrowing circumstances," said her brother Richard Blank on GoFundMe. "Diagnosed…
Teen Girl Killed By DUI Dad In Central PA Crash, Authorities Teen Girl Killed By DUI Dad In Central PA Crash, Authorities
Teen Girl Killed By DUI Dad In Central PA Crash, Authorities A 37-year-old dad is behind bars approximately two and a half years after he caused a crash that killed a teenage passenger in his vehicle, the Lancaster County District Attorney's Office announced on Friday, March 1.  Jeremy Leonard of the first block of South Belmont Road in Paradise, was on schedule 1 drugs when he crashed a blue Honda Civic into a tree in the first block of Corner Ketch Road in Paradise Township at approximately 8:16 p.m. on July 13, 2021 — killing Kamryn Darlene Elwood, authorities detailed in several releases over the years since the crash.  …