Community gathered for sixth annual vigil
February 26 marked the ninth year of an unsolved crime that stunned Westmoreland County residents. 26-year-old Paul Cross was in his Oak Grove home when three suspects attempted a home invasion by charging through Paul’s front door.
Paul blocked the door and stood his ground as gunfire passed through the door, striking Paul in the chest and arm. Paul underwent surgery for removal of the chest bullet, but doctors let the arm bullet remain in the arm.
Upon returning home, Paul exhibited signs of paranoia stemming from fear of the suspects return and possible severe Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) as a result of an unprovoked attack.
Paul was found dead at his home on April 9 the same year. Apparently, Paul overdosed on his pain medications leaving his mother, Katherine, to rue the lack of psychological assistance in rural areas.
Katherine took initiative to assist others related to victims of crime by holding an annual meeting at the Montross firehouse during the week of National Crime Victim’s Rights Week, which runs this year from April 6-12. Katherine holds this event ‘to make a difference for others.”