Police: Man kills estranged wife before killing self in Crafton home



CRAFTON, Pa. - Authorities have identified the woman who police said was killed by her estranged husband before he took his own life inside a Crafton home Wednesday morning.

The Allegheny County Medical Examiner's Office identified the couple as Richard Gorsuch, 46, and Amy Gorsuch, 40.

Allegheny County Police Assistant Superintendent James Morton didn't immediately release details of how they were killed, but said their bodies were found by the woman's father Wednesday morning.

He said the couple had been married about 10 years, but separated six months ago. The woman had been living with her father and the couple's three daughters, aged 8 to 11.

The woman's father told police that she went to her estranged husband's Dinsmore Avenue home in Crafton about 2:15 a.m. but didn't return. He took his granddaughters to school and then went to his son-in-law's home, where he found the grisly scene, Morton said. The woman's father called 911 about 8:15 a.m.

"This is a sad situation for everybody involved," Morton said. "There's three young girls that have to grow up without parents."

The couple's daughters were staying with relatives.

Sharon Daley, a neighbor of the girls' father, said she can't imagine seeing the children when they eventually return to Crafton Elementary School, where she works as a cafeteria aid.

"What do you say? It's tearing me up," Daley said.

Amy Gorsuch worked for Pittsburgh Mercy Health System and they released the following statement Wednesday:

"With great sadness and very heavy hearts, Pittsburgh Mercy Health System (PMHS) today learned of the tragic death of one of its beloved employees, Amy Gorsuch. Amy was a supervisor of Community Employment in Mercy Intellectual Disabilities Services, a division of PMHS, since 2011.

"Amy tirelessly dedicated herself and much of her working career to helping others. She had a special affinity for and took great pride in her work helping individuals with intellectual disabilities find employment. We are stunned and deeply saddened by this news. We will miss Amy greatly and will remember her energy, enthusiasm, welcoming smile, passion for helping others, and love for her three children. We extend our prayers and heartfelt sympathy to Amy's family.

"PMHS is making counseling available to employees and persons we serve."

In addition, Gary Peiffer, superintendent of Carlynton School District, which the Gorsuch's children attended, sent a letter home to parents on Wednesday, alerting them about the situation.

The letter, in its entirety, read:

“It is with great regret that I am writing to inform you that our school district has experienced a tragedy in the community.  Earlier this morning, we received word that a Carlynton family suffered the loss of both parents.  This loss affects us deeply and our thoughts and prayers go out to them.

“The students and staff will react in different ways to this news.  It may be difficult to know what to do or say to your children.  We all should try to understand that there will be a variety of emotiions and responses to what has occurred.  The most important thing that we can do is be supportive of our children and encourage them to seek out help and guidance in coping with this event.

“At Carlynton, our focus is to provide support for all of our students and their families at this difficult time.  Our Administration has met with teachers and staff to determine what ways we can best help our children.  Carlynton has a strong Student Assistance Program available for students and their families.  We have additional school counselors and psychologists available to meet with any students who may want or need help related to this loss.  We encourage you, as parents, to also contact our counselors if you are experiencing difficulty in helping your child comprehend and respond to this tragic event.

“I have included links to some resources that may be useful to you in helping your child at home.  If you would like additional information or need assistance, please do not hesitate to contace our school psychologist, Dr. Hillary Magis at 412-429-2500, ext 3309 or school counselor Steve Hope, 412-429-2500, ext 4321.  I encourage you to contact us should you need additional support.  I know that you will join us in our concern and sympathy for the family.”