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
Philly Woman Killed In Wrong-Way Crash Was Nursing Student, Philanthropist: Family 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
Delaware County Woman, 21, Dies From Fall 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)
Emmanuel Gboyah, 15 Of Allentown, Struck Dead In Whitehall 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 Bethlehem Dies Mounted Police Horse Who Served In Bethlehem Dies
Mounted Police Horse Who Served In Bethlehem 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
Crystal Mercado Was '5-Foot Woman With Giant Personality' 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…
Emmaus Mom, 46, Was 'Vibrant Soul,' Loved Ones Recall Emmaus Mom, 46, Was 'Vibrant Soul,' Loved Ones Recall
Catherine Blank Obituary: Emmaus Mom Was 'Vibrant Soul' 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.  …
Camden Dad Bernaldo 'Bmac' Torres Dies Suddenly, 45 Camden Dad Bernaldo 'Bmac' Torres Dies Suddenly, 45
Camden Dad Bernaldo 'Bmac' Torres Dies Suddenly, 45 Bernaldo Torres of Camden died suddenly on Friday, Feb. 23, according to an obituary published by Inglesby and Sons Funeral Home and a GoFundMe campaign. He was 45. Better known as Bernie to his family and Bmac to his close friends, he was born in Philadelphia, his obituary said. "If anyone was ever looking for Bernaldo, he could always be found writing lyrics for his music," his obituary said. "This was his favorite pastime."  Bernaldo is survived by his wife, Brenda Feliciano; their four children, Siani, Nymira, Bernaldo Jr. and Timothy; his mother, Elizabeth; father, Juan…
Philly Native Richard Reinhold Jr., Deputy Homeland Security Agent, Dies Philly Native Richard Reinhold Jr., Deputy Homeland Security Agent, Dies
Philly Native Richard Reinhold Jr., Deputy Homeland Security Agent, Dies Richard Reinhold Jr., a well-respected deputy special agent in charge with Homeland Security Investigations from New Jersey, died on Monday, Feb. 26 with his family by his side, his obituary said. He was 46 years old. Rich, of Delran — affectionately referred to by colleagues as "Big Daddy" — previously worked as an agent in Chicago, Philadelphia, Washington DC, and Newark, NJ.  Richard grew up in Philadelphia and attended Father Judge High School and Holy Family University where he received a bachelor’s degree in accounting, his obituary said. After graduating, he joined the…
PA Child Rapist Who Hid Ex-GF's Daughter's Body In Freezer Sentenced: DA PA Child Rapist Who Hid Ex-GF's Daughter's Body In Freezer Sentenced: DA
PA Child Rapist Who Hid Ex-GF's Daughter's Body In Freezer Sentenced: DA A 40-year-old registered sex offender has admitted to raping his ex-girlfriend and her daughter before killing the 12-year-old and hiding her body in a freezer, the Lancaster County District Attorney's Office announced on Friday, March. 1.  Jason Shackelford, of the 500 block of Avenue H in Columbia, PA, "admitted guilt on charges of first-degree murder, rape of a child, two counts of rape, three counts of involuntary deviate sexual intercourse, four counts of sexual assault, and strangulation," the DA stated in the release.  Elaina Smith of Columbia Borough was raped, strang…
Schuylkill County Man, 33, Dies Under Bridge In Harrisburg: Officials Schuylkill County Man, 33, Dies Under Bridge In Harrisburg: Officials
Schuylkill County Man, 33, Dies Under Bridge In Harrisburg: Officials A 33-year-old man who was a beloved big brother was found dead under a bridge in Harrisburg, county officials announced on Friday, March 1. Collin Weller was an Orwigsburg native who previously lived in Kutztown and Pottsville, according to his social media. He had been experiencing homelessness and ended up in Harrisburg at some point over the last five years. He was found dead beneath the underpass at Paxton and Cameron streets in the city on Tuesday, Feb. 27, according to the Dauphin County Coroner's Office. His cause of death "was complications of hypothermia," as stated in the release.…
Penn State Grad, 31, Dies Snowmobiling In Vermont Penn State Grad, 31, Dies Snowmobiling In Vermont
Penn State Grad, 31, Dies Snowmobiling In Vermont An Ocean County man was killed in a snowmobiling accident near a popular Vermont ski area, according to his obituary. Matthew Morris of Point Pleasant Beach died from his injuries on Tuesday, Feb. 20 while snowmobiling near Stratton Mountain Resort, his obituary said. He was 31 years old. View this post on Instagram A post shared by Matt (@captmateo) Winhall's police chief said Morris's snowmobile crashed into trees and rocks, as reported by NJ Advance Media. Daily Voice has reached out to the Vermont town's police department for confirmation…
Automotive Enthusiast Killed In DUI Crash, Pennsylvania State Police Say Automotive Enthusiast Killed In DUI Crash, Pennsylvania State Police Say
Automotive Enthusiast Killed In DUI Crash, Pennsylvania State Police Say A 36-year-old man has died at the scene of a crash on Route 341, Pennsylvania State Police announced on Tuesday.  Jordan T. Mushinski of Grantville was pronounced dead in the 3500 block of Route 341/Colebrook Road in Conewago Township at 10:12 p.m. on Monday, Feb. 26, investigating Trooper Matthew Condrad detailed in the release on Feb. 27.  Mushinski had been driving his 2002 Toyota Tacoma east "when he failed to negotiate a slight left turn" and that's when he side-swiped a tree, struck a utility pole — flipping the truck onto the driver's side —  hit a …
Professional Court Jester From York Killed By Cancer Complications In Texas Professional Court Jester From York Killed By Cancer Complications In Texas
Professional Court Jester From York Killed By Cancer Complications In Texas A Pennsylvania native, and professional court jester who worked the Renaissance Faire circuit across the US, has died after battling cancer, so her community is coming to Pennsylvania to celebrate her life on Saturday, Feb. 24.  Tara Lynn Forbes Reed known to many by her jester name "Ima Nutte" passed away from complications of metastasis from her stage four lung cancer on Thursday, Jan. 25, according to her obituary.    Tara was known for her performances with her husband, Marquise or Mark, and 5 of their 8 dogs, as explained in her obituary. The pair of jesters worked the c…
Longtime Philly Firefighter Dies On Duty, Department Says Longtime Philly Firefighter Dies On Duty, Department Says
Longtime Philly Firefighter Dies On Duty, Department Says John Garrow, a longtime battalion chief with the Philadelphia Fire Department, died while on duty this week, officials say.  Garrow passed after suffering a medical emergency during his shift on Monday, Feb. 19, PFD said in a release. He had served for 32 years, according to the department.  "Our deepest condolences to his family," wrote PFD brass. "Rest in Peace, Chief." Loved ones, colleagues, and friends of Garrow took to social media after his death was announced Tuesday evening.  It is with our deepest condolences that we announce the passing of Battalion Chief Joh…
York County Prison Inmate 'Full Of Life' Killed By Medical Complications York County Prison Inmate 'Full Of Life' Killed By Medical Complications
York County Prison Inmate 'Full Of Life' Killed By Medical Complications A diehard KISS fan died suddenly from an unknown medical issue at a Pennsylvania Prison on Tuesday.  Todd Sidesinger, 56 of the first block of North Hartman Street, York City, was pronounced at UPMC Memorial Hospital at 7:47 a..m. on Feb. 20, Coroner Pam Gay detailed in a release late that night.  Deputy Coroner Molly York is investigating and certified his death. Per Prison protocol, the Pennsylvania State Police are also investigating his death.  Regarding Sidesinger's death, the coroner's office made the following statement: "Sidesinger began having some medical-rel…