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May 12, 2013

Authorities: Murder probes are ongoing

JOHNSTOWN — More than four months after Robert T. Williams Jr. was gunned down inside his Lydia Drive home, his killers remain at large.

Richland Township police are not saying what they’ve uncovered since the Jan. 3 shooting. They are still searching for whoever killed the 38-year-old Williams and why.

It’s one of two unsolved murders in Richland and Lower Yoder townships.

Investigators in each case would say little.

“We’re still conducting interviews,” Richland Detective Kevin Gauldlip said. “It is a case we’ll continue to work until it’s solved.”

Investigators believe that two men who were seen leaving the home may have targeted Williams but don’t know why.  

He died from two gunshot wounds to the head, authorities said.

Family members struggle to cope with the loss of Williams, who left behind a fiancee, two children, his mother and six sisters.

“It’s not getting any easier,” said Terri Meek, an elder sister.

“It’s been four months and we really miss our brother.”

Four-year-old Landan misses his father, she said.

“He goes to the window every night and looks up at the sky and tells his daddy good night,” Meek said.

Williams grew up in Hornerstown and was a graduate of Greater Johnstown High School. He worked for a Westmoreland County-based tree removal service and also had his own landscaping business.

Meek believes police are doing their best to solve her brother’s murder.

“They do try to give us as much information without impeding their investigation,” she said. “We appreciate their hard work.”

Cambria County Crimestoppers is offering $4,000 for information leading to the prosecution of the gunmen.

Meanwhile, West Hills Regional police continue searching for the killers of a Lower Yoder Township man.

Two or three black males robbed Vincent Bloom, 38, of Norton Road, on July 19, 2012.

They struck him in the head with a handgun, tied him up with an electrical cord, doused him with gasoline and set him on fire.

Bloom died a week later at West Penn Burn Center in Pittsburgh with third-degree burns over 70 percent of his body.

Police are still gathering evidence, Sgt. George Musulin III said.

“Depending upon the outcome of the evidence that is being reviewed, that will determine what the next course of action is going to be,” Musulin said. He declined to specify what evidence was being reviewed.  

Bloom left behind a mother, grandmother, his fiancee and their two sons, and four sisters.

Musulin said there is no connection between the two murders.

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