Mourners seek justice

  • By Emily Petsko July 16, 2013
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Mark Kelley and his wife Rebecca stare at the candle light vigil held outside Giant Eagle for Vincent Kelley, who died in the Citizens Bank robbery exactly a month ago, as Vincent’s step parents, Bill and Diane Margie, cry during a prayer for their son. Order a Print
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Diane Margie, step mother of Vincent Kelley who was murdered during a robbery of the Citizens Bank inside Giant Eagle exactly a month ago, stands in front of her son’s memorial outside of the Giant Eagle in Washington on Tuesday June 16. Order a Print
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Rebecca Kelley and husband Mark Kelley, brother of Vincent M. Kelley, kneel in front of the memorial for his brother outside of the Giant Eagle Friday. Vincent was murdered during a robbery of Citizens Bank inside the store a month ago. Order a Print
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A superman statue placed amongst candles and letters of love outside of the Giant Eagle in Washington to Vincent Kelley, who died exactly a month ago during the robbery of the store’s Citizens Bank. Order a Print

Dozens of flowers, photos, a Superman statue – these are the mementos that mark the place where Vincent M. Kelley’s life ended one month ago. Kelley’s immediate family held a vigil at Giant Eagle in Strabane Square Tuesday evening to recognize the anniversary of Kelley’s June 16 death.

Kelley, 46, of Washington, was fatally shot when he attempted to stop an armed man who robbed the Citizens Bank located inside the grocery store. The investigation is still under way, but no suspects have been identified.

More than a dozen of Kelley’s relatives joined hands and gathered around a shopping cart outside the store filled with stuffed animals and a photo collage of Kelley.

Kelley’s sister-in-law, Rebecca Kelley, led a prayer and asked God to “please help us bring justice.”

Linda Lucas, Kelley’s sister, said the vigil was important to the family because it helps them cope while a suspect is still on the loose.

“We want people to know that we’re not going to forget about it,” Lucas said. “We’ll be out here every month until it’s taken care of.”

Kelley’s brother, Mark Kelley, wore a red shirt with “Mystro,” Kelley’s nickname, printed across the back. MarkKelley said he comes at least twice a week to the spot where his brother died.

“He was a great guy. He was my hero,” Kelley said. “He looked out for everyone he met. He promoted love.”

Emily Petsko joined the Observer-Reporter as a staff writer in June 2013. She graduated from Point Park University with a dual bachelor's degree in journalism and global cultural studies.


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