Devastation and shock as family and friends of missing Bucks County men learn grim news

Clockwise from top left, Dean Andrew Finocchiaro, Thomas Charles Meo, Jimi Taro Patrick, and Mark Richard Sturgis.

Sharon Patrick was in tears Friday when she opened the door of her home in the Woods of Saxony community in Newtown. She wanted people to know about her grandson Jimi Taro Patrick – a good Catholic boy who won a full scholarship to Loyola University Maryland and made the dean’s list his first year, majoring in business.

But she wasn’t able or willing yet to talk. Instead, she handed a reporter a biography that she and her husband, Rich, had prepared, proudly listing their grandson’s accomplishments since grade school. Behind her on a kitchen wall, a decorative wood sign proclaimed “faith.”

Devastated relatives and friends of Patrick and the other three men executed on a Bucks County farm a week ago tried on Friday to offer affectionate memories of the loved ones they had hoped would be found alive. For days, the Patricks and others had gathered at the Solebury farmland where investigators conducted their grim search for clues, and then bodies.

Shocking details emerged on Friday about how Patrick, Dean A. Finocchiaro, Mark P. Sturgis and Thomas C. Meo were all lured to the farm property and killed.

Some friends and relatives said they did not want to talk. But from around the region and nation, prayers and condolences poured in as postings on the victims’ Facebook pages and those of their relatives.

Jimi, the Patricks said in their biography, had played basketball and baseball, and participated in community service projects in his 19 young years. They described an “excellent pitcher and hitter” for the local Little League and its travel team, and then for Holy Ghost Preparatory School.

He was a parishioner of St. Andrew Catholic Church in Newtown, where he had attended the parish grade school and played CYO basketball.

The Rev. Brian F. Linnane, president of Loyola, in Baltimore, said he was “reeling” at news of Patrick’s death: “We will grieve, support one another, and continue to surround Jimi’s loved ones in comfort and prayer.”

Linnane said Loyola students and staff would honor Patrick with a memorial Mass in the fall, when students return to campus.

In the Bucks County town of Yardley, a “night of healing” is planned at 7:30 Sunday at the Garden of Reflection 9/11 memorial “in light of recent tragic events,” promoters said.

Sturgis, 22, of Pennsburg, Montgomery County, went missing July 7. His stepmother, Rosanne Potash, said Friday that his death “is just horrible, devastating.”

Potash said her husband, Mark Potash, Sturgis’ father, “is distraught; he is devastated” after Bucks County authorities confirmed that the young construction worker was found dead. Sturgis and Meo worked together in Potash’s Pennsburg construction business and were reported missing by Mark Potash when they failed to show up for work last Saturday.

Rosanne Potash posted picture after picture of Sturgis, many with Meo, on her Facebook page, drawing hundreds of “likes” and notes of comfort and sympathy. One of the images showed the greenhouse the two friends had built her for Mother’s Day.

“May you find peace there eventually,” said one commenter, Kris Horst. “May you have strength to breathe and get up each morning.”

Potash talked Friday of Sturgis’ love for guitars, ATVs, and paint-balling, and how he resembled his father.

And she posted an image of Meo with his “beautiful girlfriend,” Loralynn Ingreso, who like Meo had described themselves on social media as girlfriend and boyfriend.

On her own Facebook page, Ingreso said Meo, whom she met in late 2015, “was and still is my best friend.”

“To my sweet, precious Tom,” she wrote in a long tribute. “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.”

A woman who answered the door at the Plumstead home of Meo’s mother, Melissa Fratanduono-Meo, told a reporter she didn’t want to talk.

Finocchiaro, the first of the four men to be identified as a victim, lived in Fairless Hills. A woman at the home answered the door on Friday but said “No, thank you,” when asked if she wanted to talk about him.

Finocchiaro’s own Facebook page had numerous tributes posted.

So so devastated,” said Jenifer Lounsbury. “Justice shall be served. What a handsome boy with his life b 4 him. His family is in my heart.”