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Police still hunting South Strabane slaying suspect

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Thursday, June 20, 2013, 12:01 a.m.

As friends and family gather to pay respects to a man fatally shot while attempting to stop a bank robber in South Strabane, police continue to search for the gunman.

Funeral services are Thursday for Vincent Kelley, 46, of Washington, who tried to stop a man fleeing Giant Eagle on Sunday after robbing a Citizens Bank branch inside the store.

Brothers of the Hammer, the motorcycle club with which Kelley rode, plans to escort his casket from Piatt and Barnhill Funeral Home in Washington to Forest Lawn Gardens, a cemetery in McMurray, said Rebecca Kelley, his sister-in-law.

The motorcycle club plans a memorial ride this month to raise money for Kelley's family, she said.

Police spent the week running down tips.

“We're confident we'll come to a good ending at some point,” said South Strabane Chief Donald Zofchak.

Police released information on the license plate of the car witnesses saw leaving the Giant Eagle lot. Unsure of their order, letters on the plate start with H and include a Z and T, Zofchak said. The numbers started with 6 and included 7, 8, and 9.

Witness descriptions of the car varied slightly, Zofchak said. Using surveillance video from stores in Strabane Square, police narrowed the vehicle's description to a white Toyota Camry-like sedan.

The robber drove south on Route 19, but tracking him proved difficult, Zofchak said.

“You've got an interstate highway within a quarter-mile of that,” he said, adding he thinks highway access might be why the robber chose that bank branch.

Police examined video from cameras positioned along highways, Zofchak said.

Anyone with information is asked to call South Strabane police at 724-225-8111.

Aaron Aupperlee is a Trib Total Media staff writer. Reach him at 412-320-7986 or

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