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Daughter of man killed trying to stop bank robber pays for local family’s groceries

WASHINGTON, Pa. — It’s been seven years since a Washington County man was shot and killed trying to stop a bank robber outside of the Giant Eagle in Washington.

Vincent Kelley’s family held a vigil Tuesday night outside the store. His family said the person responsible has yet to be brought to justice.

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And they honored a man who tried to help Kelley that night. The family also held a balloon launch in memory of all victims of violent crimes.

“The guy who worked on Vinny until the ambulance came is here and we’re going to honor him. It’s been seven years, we gotta do something to tell him thank you for what he did,” said Suzanne Kelley, the victim’s sister-in-law.

Earlier that day, Kelley’s daughter, Sierra, honored him by helping others.

Every year, Sierra Kelley does random acts of kindness. This year, she helped a family pay for groceries at the Giant Eagle where her dad was killed.

It wasn’t until after they started talking that Kelley learned the mother was Ashley Spingola, the widow of Officer Scott Bashioum -- who died in the line of duty in 2016.

“It was kind of amazing to have that feeling. It’s something that my dad would do -- bring light to a dark situation,” said Sierra Kelley.

Sierra told Channel 11 she believes her dad and Bashioum brought her and Spingola together.

The man who killed Kelley is still out there. Police said he could be local, and they believe he robbed a Bridgeville jewelry store two days before the murder.

Authorities are offering $50,000 for a tip that leads to an arrest in the case.