Hundreds Of Mourners Attend Vigil To Pay Tribute To The Four Pennsylvania Murder Victims Who Were Killed By A Schizophrenic Pot Dealer And Dumped In A Backyard Grave

Hundreds of mourners attended a vigil for four men killed and buried on a farm

  • It was in honor of Mark Sturgis, Tom Meo, Dean Finocchiaro and Jimi Tar Patrick

  • They were shot and buried before their remains were found by police last week

  • Marijuana dealer Cosmo DiNardo confessed to all the killings on Friday 

  • DiNardo's cousin, Sean Kratz, took part in three killings and has been charged

  • By Simon Holmes For Mailonline

    Published: 05:11 EDT, 17 July 2017 | Updated: 13:18 EDT, 17 July 2017

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    Hundreds of family, friends and community members in Pennsylvania gathered for a vigil to remember four young men who were killed and their remains buried on a sprawling family farm.

    The vigil was held in honor of 22-year-old Mark Sturgis, 21-year-old Tom Meo, 19-year-old Dean Finocchiaro and 19-year-old Jimi Tar Patrick who were killed by a pot dealer. 

    The ceremony took place on Sunday night at the Garden of Reflection 9/11 Memorial in Lower Makefield Township. Matthew Schuler, a former contestant on NBC's 'The Voice' and a Bucks County native, sang 'Hallelujah.' 

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    People hold candles during a prayer and candlelight vigil for four men who were killed

    People hold candles during a prayer and candlelight vigil for four men who were killed

    Sharon and Rich Patrick, grandparents and legal guardians of Jimi Tar Patrick, who was one of four men killed, participate in a prayer and candlelight vigil for the four men at the Garden of Reflection in Lower Makefield

    Sharon and Rich Patrick, grandparents and legal guardians of Jimi Tar Patrick, who was one of four men killed, participate in a prayer and candlelight vigil for the four men at the Garden of Reflection in Lower Makefield

    Lisa Fioravanti, right, and Shelly Tuthill, friends of Bonnie Finocchiaro, mother of Dean Finocchiaro, embrace during a prayer at the vigil 

    Lisa Fioravanti, right, and Shelly Tuthill, friends of Bonnie Finocchiaro, mother of Dean Finocchiaro, embrace during a prayer at the vigil 

    Police found the missing men's remains on a farm in Solebury Township last week. A county prosecutor said the remains of Meo, Finocchiaro and Sturgis were discovered buried 12-feet-deep (3.7-meters-deep) in a common grave. The remains of Patrick were recovered from a separate location.

    Cosmo DiNardo is charged in all four killings, which took place on a farm owned by his parents. His cousin, Sean Kratz, is charged in the killings of the three men who were found in the same grave. All four were shot and least three set afire.

    According to court papers, DiNardo, 20, who graduated from a Catholic prep school two years ago, said he killed Patrick, a former schoolmate, when he arrived with $800 to buy $8,000 worth of marijuana. He said he shot another man in the back as he tried to run away.

    Jimi Tar Patrick Dean Finocchiaro, 18,

    Jimi Patrick, 19, (left) was the first to go missing and was last seen at 6pm on July 5. Finocchiaro, 19, (right) vanished on July 7. All four victims were killed during drug deals

    Tom Meo Mark Sturgis

    Tom Meo (left) and Mark Sturgis (right) were the other two young men to go missing. They both worked for Sturgis' father's construction business and are friends 

    DiNardo pinned one of the deaths on Kratz, 20, although Kratz told police that DiNardo shot all four.

    The only motive disclosed by investigators was that DiNardo said he wanted to set the victims up when they went to the farm to buy marijuana. One man vanished July 5, and the others vanished two days later.

    DiNardo told police where to find Patrick, and agreed to plead guilty to four counts of first-degree murder. In exchange, he will be spared the death penalty.

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    In a statement given to reporters after Sunday night's vigil, Patrick's grandparents, Sharon and Rich Patrick, thanked investigators 'who worked so long and hard to bring our boys home.'

    They also thanked the other parents of the missing men.

    'We, as a group, made the decision to forgo the death penalty for the defendant in return for locating our grandson. Our deep thanks to this strong group of friends,' the statement said.

    Cosmo DiNardo Sean Kratz

    Cosmo DiNardo (left) and Sean Kratz (right) were charged Friday with murder, conspiracy and abuse of corpse and robbery in the deaths of four men in Pennsylvania

    Before the ceremony Loralynn Ingreso, the girlfriend of the slain Tom Meo, penned a lengthy farewell message on social media.

    Her post begins: 'Tom. My sweet, precious Tom. I am overwhelmed with all that has happened over the course of the past few days. Whatever I write here will not and cannot do his beautiful soul any justice.

    'Tom was such an integral part of my time in Philadelphia. I would often marvel at the thought that he was there for just about 75 per cent of it. He was and still is my best friend.  

    'I met him at the end of 2015. From the start, our time together was an adventure, he brought me to the top of that parking garage to enjoy a view of the city as we shared some tunes and were surprised with just how much we had in common. 

    Loralynn Ingreso, the girlfriend of Pennsylvania murder victim Tom Meo, has penned a lengthy farewell message on social media. Both are pictured together

    Loralynn Ingreso, the girlfriend of Pennsylvania murder victim Tom Meo, has penned a lengthy farewell message on social media. Both are pictured together

    'From that night I knew he had my heart, which was terrifying, but one of the best feelings in the world.'

    Ingreso continued in her post to describe how Meo was someone who 'kept his word' and was 'loyal, respectful, understanding, and patient', before she discussed their relationship.

    The heartbroken girlfriend wrapped up her piece by writing: 'Tom is forever my sweet angel boy. I love you so much Tom, more than you know.'

    Ingreso explained in her Facebook post how she met 21-year-old Tom Meo, who was killed by Cosmo DiNardo, 20, last week, how she met her boyfriend shortly after she moved to Philadelphia in 2015 Loralynn Ingreso

    Ingreso (pictured) explained in her Facebook post how she met 21-year-old Tom Meo, who was killed by Cosmo DiNardo, 20, last week, how she met her boyfriend shortly after she moved to Philadelphia in 2015

    Her post begins: 'My sweet, precious Tom. I am overwhelmed with all that has happened over the course of the past few days. Whatever I write here will not and cannot do his beautiful soul any justice'

    Her post begins: 'My sweet, precious Tom. I am overwhelmed with all that has happened over the course of the past few days. Whatever I write here will not and cannot do his beautiful soul any justice'

    Tom Meo Tom Meo on a trip with his girlfriend, Loralynn Ingreso

    'Tom is forever my sweet angel boy. I love you so much Tom, more than you know,' Ingreso wrote at the end of her farewell message. Meo is pictured on the beach during a trip with his girlfriend over Christmas 

    Ingreso's emotional note was followed by pictures of the couple together, as well as a short video she created by splicing images of them. 

    Her posts came after details about DiNardo's history with police and schizophrenia were revealed, as was the allegation his cousin, Sean Kratz, took part in three of the killings.

    The other three were killed on July 7 by Kratz and DiNardo jointly. Dean Finocchiaro, 19, was shot by both after DiNardo agreed to sell him a quarter pound of pot for $700. He conspired with Kratz to rob Finocchiaro on the way to pick him up.

    Cosmo DiNardo, 20, confessed to 'the four murders' and is ready to plead guilty to four counts of first-degree murder, his attorney said on Thursday DiNardo has had a few brushes with the law over the past year. He was arrested on Monday on an unrelated gun charge dating from February, accused of illegally possessing a shotgun and ammunition after being involuntarily committed to a mental institution

    Cosmo DiNardo, 20, confessed to the four murders to avoid the death penalty on Friday. He killed Jimi Taro Patrick, 19, Dean Finocchiaro, 19, Mark Sturgis, 22, and Tom Meo, 21

    Kratz shot Finocchiaro then DiNardo fired at his body after he had died.

    Then his body was wrapped in a blue tarp from a corn crib and he was thrown into the pig roaster.

    Later that night, DiNardo made a deal to sell marijuana to Meo and Mark Sturgis, 22, before the three met behind a church to head to DiNardo's property together. Again, the cousins plotted to rob them.

    DiNardo shot Meo first and he screamed, then Sturgis started running away and the 20-year-old shot him until he ran out of ammunition. He then drove over Meo, who may have still been alive, with a backhoe.

    Kratz told police his cousin 'basically crushed' Meo with the backhoe.

    Then, DiNardo used the backhoe to move their bodies. The cousins put the corpses in the pig roaster with Finocchiaro, poured in gasoline and set it on fire.

    They dug a 12.5 foot grave with the same backhoe the next day and placed the bodies and the container inside.

    DiNardo said he killed the men because he felt threatened or cheated when he tried to sell them marijuana, a source close to the investigation has said.

    The FBI found the bodies last Wednesday after four days of methodical hand-digging and sifting in a spot on the 90-acre farm that dogs had sniffed out.

    Four young men went missing from towns in Pennsylvania on Wednesday and Friday last week. Police tracked one man's cell phone signal to the DiNardo property and one man's father said one of their cars had also been found there 

    Four young men went missing from towns in Pennsylvania on Wednesday and Friday last week. Police tracked one man's cell phone signal to the DiNardo property and one man's father said one of their cars had also been found there 

    Authorities might never have found the fourth body unless they worked with DiNardo, Bucks County District Attorney Matthew Weintraub said.

    'I don't know what convinced him (to confess). I'd like to think he wanted to get these boys home,' Weintraub said at a news conference, explaining the surprise plea agreement forged Thursday that led them to the final body.

    DiNardo will be spared the death penalty in exchange for pleading guilty to four counts of first-degree murder.

    The 20-year-old's history of mental illness includes the involuntary commitment, a schizophrenia diagnosis and repeated contacts with police. He also suffered a head injury last year in an ATV accident.

    Police found the bodies after an extensive search of the farm property. Investigators are pictured in a tent during the search

    Police found the bodies after an extensive search of the farm property. Investigators are pictured in a tent during the search

    The commitment meant he was barred from possessing guns, but nonetheless had one in February when police charged him with having a shotgun. He also used at least two guns in the slayings, investigators said.

    He is charged with four homicide counts and 20 other crimes, including abuse of corpse, conspiracy and robbery. 

    His 20-year-old cousin, Kratz, faces 20 counts, including three homicide counts. Both were being held in jail without bail.

    WHAT LED POLICE TO FINDING HUMAN REMAINS ON THE PENNSYLVANIA FARM 

    July 5: Jimi Taro Patrick, 19, is seen for the last time. He appears to be the first of the men to go missing.

    July 7: Dean Finocchiaro, 19, Mark Sturgis, 22, and Tom Meo, 21, are all seen for the last time.

    July 9: All four men have been reported missing, and a search warrant is executed at a home in Solebury Township, where investigators find Meo's car.

    July 10: Officials search a Solebury Township farm owned by Antonio and Sandra DiNardo. Their son, 20-year-old Cosmo DiNardo is taken into custody on firearms charges that appeared to be unrelated to the missing persons case. 

    July 11: DiNardo is released on bail.

    July 12: Authorities find human remains of multiple bodies on the farm. The remains of Finocchiaro are identified. DiNardo is arrested for a second time and charged with trying to sell a vehicle belonging to one of the missing men.

    Kratz had been arrested for stealing $1,000 in tools, $450 in jewelry, and $200 in clothing in three separate incidents in 2016.

    He skipped bail and headed to Illinois in January, before he was arrested and released on bail again, according to court records cited by FOX.

    Kratz was still on bail when he allegedly killed three men with DiNardo in July 7.


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