Victim in Crafton murder-suicide went to home willingly, police say
By Aaron Aupperlee
Published: Thursday, Jan. 16, 2014, 11:48 a.m.
Three children orphaned by a murder-suicide spent Thursday with relatives, playing and acting like kids, a family friend said.
Tanner, Hunter and Cheyenne Gorsuch were loved by their parents, Amy and Richard Gorsuch, and were never harmed despite problems between the couple, said Jaclyn Holmes, a friend of the Gorsuch family who cuts the children's hair.
Richard Gorsuch, 46, shot Amy Gorsuch, 40, his wife of about 10 years, and then killed himself early Jan. 15 in their Crafton home. Both died of single gunshots to the head, according to the Allegheny County Medical Examiner's Office.
“I don't think it has sunk in yet,” Holmes said of how the children are coping. “They're still in kind of a foggy bubble.”
Relatives are taking care of the children, ages 8 to 11, said Holmes, 29, of Kennedy. She knew about problems between the couple — “every family has problems” — but was shocked they escalated into violence.
Crafton police said they had no reports of previous problems at the Dinsmore Avenue home. A neighbor said the couple fought recently.
Amy Gorsuch was at the Fireside Inn in Robinson until 2 a.m., then went to the house, said Lt. Andrew Schurman. She and the children were staying with her father because she separated from Richard Gorsuch six months ago.
It appears Amy Gorsuch left the bar and decided to go to the house without coercion by her husband, Schurman said.
County police would not say whether they are examining records of phone or text conversations between the couple.
On Thursday, Holmes created a website for people to donate money to help the children at www.gofundme.com. By 5 p.m., 200 donations had raised $11,320 toward a goal of $50,000.
GoFundMe, the website, is not affiliated with a bank. It uses WePay, an online payment service, to process donations. GoFundMe takes 5 percent of all donations, according to the site. WePay adds a $0.30 per transaction charge, plus 1 percent for bank cards and 2.9 percent for credit cards.
For example, $91.80 would go to the family from a $100 donation made with a credit card.
Holmes said the money raised will be given to the relatives who care for the girls.
“Nothing is going to change that they're parentless. They are never coming back,” Holmes said. “I just wanted them to have a stable life. A little money can go a long way.”
The Joseph M. Somma Funeral Home in Robinson handled funeral arrangements for Amy Gorsuch. Anthony M. Musmanno Funeral Home in Stowe handled arrangements for Richard Gorsuch.
Aaron Aupperlee is a Trib Total Media staff writer. Reach him at 412-320-7986 or email@example.com.
Show commenting policy
TribLive commenting policy
You are solely responsible for your comments and by using TribLive.com you agree to our Terms of Service.
We moderate comments. Our goal is to provide substantive commentary for a general readership. By screening submissions, we provide a space where readers can share intelligent and informed commentary that enhances the quality of our news and information.
While most comments will be posted if they are on-topic and not abusive, moderating decisions are subjective. We will make them as carefully and consistently as we can. Because of the volume of reader comments, we cannot review individual moderation decisions with readers.
We value thoughtful comments representing a range of views that make their point quickly and politely. We make an effort to protect discussions from repeated comments either by the same reader or different readers.
We follow the same standards for taste as the daily newspaper. A few things we won't tolerate: personal attacks, obscenity, vulgarity, profanity (including expletives and letters followed by dashes), commercial promotion, impersonations, incoherence, proselytizing and SHOUTING. Don't include URLs to Web sites.
We do not edit comments. They are either approved or deleted. We reserve the right to edit a comment that is quoted or excerpted in an article. In this case, we may fix spelling and punctuation.
We welcome strong opinions and criticism of our work, but we don't want comments to become bogged down with discussions of our policies and we will moderate accordingly.
We appreciate it when readers and people quoted in articles or blog posts point out errors of fact or emphasis and will investigate all assertions. But these suggestions should be sent via e-mail. To avoid distracting other readers, we won't publish comments that suggest a correction. Instead, corrections will be made in a blog post or in an article.
- Patience pays off as starting pitcher Volquez gets 1st win for Pirates
- Panthers pulling weight for new strength coach
- Undersized rookie Gibbons is blur on ice for Penguins
- Pens insider: Penalty killing a concern in Stanley Cup playoffs
- Body found on train tracks in West End
- Pirates should exploit free-swinging Brewers
- Plum native Umberger inching closer to making return for Blue Jackets
- Greensburg high school roundup: Yough softball defeats Belle Vernon in 10 innings
- 4 dead in ‘horrific’ Armstrong County crash
- Penguins’ Bylsma and Blue Jackets’ Richards know each other well
- Westmoreland County trio setting pole vault standard