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St. Vincent student killed in 'unfortunate accident' in Erie

| Sunday, April 13, 2014, 10:39 a.m.
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Abram 'Abe' Sorek

A St. Vincent College student died early Saturday morning in his hometown of Erie from a gunshot in the head in what a deputy coroner there called a “horrible and unfortunate accident.”

Abram “Abe” Sorek, 23, a senior at St. Vincent College in Unity, was shot with a 9 mm handgun at a house in the 600 block of Kahkwa Boulevard about 3 a.m. Saturday, Erie Police Lt. Thomas Eberlein said. The victim died at UPMC Hamot hospital in Erie, Eberlein said.

The victim was with four friends when he was shot, and police are investigating the circumstances surrounding Sorek's shooting, Eberlein said. There was not a confrontation or an argument that preceded the shooting, Erie Chief Randy Bowers said.

The fatal gunshot was not self-inflicted, Erie County Deputy Coroner Dennis Suscheck told the Erie Times-News. Coroner Lyell P. Cook could not be reached for comment on Sunday.

District Attorney Jack Daneri said he anticipates deciding whether to file charges within a week.

Sorek was a business marketing major at St. Vincent, and he would have graduated May 10.

St. Vincent College President Brother Norman W. Hipps, O.S.B., notified the college community by email, advising faculty, staff and students that staff from residence life, the campus wellness center and campus ministry are available to support students.

“We are offering our support to Abe's family and friends in their time of loss. Our prayers and sympathy are with them, his classmates and all those affected by this tragedy,” Hipps said.

A memorial service is planned on Monday in the college's student chapel, spokesman Donald Orlando said.

Sorek worked in St. Vincent's sports information office under sports information director Jeff Zidek, who called him “a great kid.”

Sorek wanted to be a videographer for a television news station and was a videographer for the sports information office, as well as a spotter for the lacrosse team, Zidek said.

Sorek played on St. Vincent's lacrosse team in the 2012 and 2013 seasons, according to the lacrosse team's roster. A midfielder, he appeared in 13 games in the 2012 season, recording two goals on four shots.

St. Vincent head lacrosse coach Peter Tulk said Sorek was “popular with the coaches and popular with the kids.”

“He was always in a good mood,” Tulk said.

Prior to attending St. Vincent, Sorek played lacrosse in 2010 and 2011 for Mercyhurst University's North East campus in North East, Pa.

Sorek was a 2009 graduate of Mercyhurst Preparatory School in Erie.

A posting on the school's Facebook page said that the Sisters of Mercy and the Mercyhurst Preparatory community was “devastated” by Sorek's tragic death. The victim was “known especially for his huge smile and ever-friendly nature,” according to the Facebook page.

The Associated Press contributed to this story. Joe Napsha is a staff writerfor Trib Total Media. He can bereached at 724-836-5252 orjnapsha@tribweb.com.

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