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Victim in Crafton murder-suicide went to home willingly, police say

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Richard Gorsuch, 46, of Crafton, from his 2010 arrest for driving under the influence. Gorsuch shot and killed his wife, Amy Gorsuch, 40, Wednesday and then took his own life.

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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 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




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