A community is coming together to remember a young Pennsylvania cheerleader who was killed in a shooting just 10 days before starting her senior year of high school.
Kassadey Matulevich, 17, died at Lehigh Valley Hospital – Hazleton after being shot in the head by 17-year-old Alan J. Meyers, her boyfriend, inside her Sand Hollow Drive home in Butler Township shortly after 5 am on Saturday, August 27, said the Pennsylvania State Police.
Meyers, of Black Creek Township, remained detained at the Luzerne County Penitentiary without bail and was charged as an adult with criminal manslaughter, possession of firearms by a minor and tampering with evidence, police said.
“Kassadey Matulevich was a kind-hearted, loving 17-year-old girl who tragically had her life cut short,” says a GoFundMe released for her memorial expenses. GoFundMe raised nearly $27,000 on Thursday, September 1st.
The teenager was just over a week away from starting her senior year at Hazleton Area High School, where she prided herself on being a flyer for her varsity cheerleading team, the page says. Bereavement counseling would be made available to her classmates and staff.
“She was so special and I love her, and we love her. We will remember her forever,” Tiffany Yarish, the girl’s cheer coach, said at a candlelit vigil held over the weekend, according to the WFMZ. .
According to court documents obtained by the agency, Meyers went to the victim’s house with another girl around 3 am, and about two hours later, her mother heard a “pop”, leading her to find the girl bleeding. in your room. An unidentified 16-year-old girl was outside the house at the time of the shooting.
Soon after, Meyers changed his appearance, discarded the gun, and parked his gray BMW in a nearby residential garage, before authorities located him and arrested him at a rest stop on I-81, reports NorthCentralPA. He apparently had the help of two adults and another teenager along the way.
Meanwhile, tributes to the girl began to circulate on social media.
Already afflicted with grief, fundraisers go on to explain how just three years earlier, Matulevich’s father died suddenly, “leaving only the guidance of his mother and the rest of his loving family”.
“Like her father, she loved to be outside in the sun,” wrote Alexa and Dannon Tihansky. “Beautiful like her mother, she always tried to see the best in people.”
The incident remains under investigation by the Pennsylvania State Police’s N Troop Major Cases Team, along with the Luzerne County District Attorney’s Office.
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