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MELCROFT SHOOTING: What we know about 4 people killed at car wash

MELCROFT, Pa. — As the small community of Melcroft, in Fayette County, comes to terms with the tragic shooting at a car wash that left four people dead Sunday, we’re learning more about the victims.

STORY: Family members, small community in shock after 4 killed in shooting

Chelsie Cline

Chelsie Cline, 25, is described by her family as fun-loving and hardworking. She would have turned 26 in a couple of weeks.

“Chelsie's a great worker,” said April Cline, who worked with her cousin at Sarnelli's Market. “I just can't believe this has happened.

"It's a shame this had to happen. They didn't deserve this. Nobody did."

Sierra Kolarik, Chelsie Cline’s sister, said Chelsie had briefly been involved with the man police said is responsible for the shooting. Chelsie broke things off months ago, but the man still did things for her.

“He would leave her stuff on her car. She'd get done with work and she'd come out and there would be a case of beer on her hood or scratch-off tickets or anything. If he found out she was sick, he'd bring her flowers,” Kolarik said.

She left Sarnelli's hours before the shooting after working with April Cline and Barb Ritenour.

"She was always happy-go-lucky," Ritenour said. "Always snapping her fingers. Always singing."

They thought she was going to get a toothache checked out when she left at 11 p.m.

"We all walked out together," Ritenour said. "We always walked out together. I followed her down to Champion and that's when she went straight."

The family has started a GoFundMe page for funeral expenses.

Seth Cline

Seth Cline, 21, was Chelsie Cline’s half-brother. Family members said the two were very close.

“It’s hard to deal with,” Jeff Cline, a cousin, said. “They were good kids.”

The family has started a GoFundMe page for funeral expenses.

Cortney Snyder

Cortney Snyder, 23, was the mother of a 4-year-old boy.

A friend said she worked at Living Treasures Animal Park.

"It's a terrible shock, everyone is numb everywhere you go," said Lainie Fullem, who grew up with Snyder and her family.

"Cortney was like a little tomboy. She did everything a man could do pretty much, she'd crawl under crawl spaces, wasn't afraid to get dirty or muddy," Fullem said. "Cortney had so much to live for."

The family has set up a GoFundMe page.

William Porterfield

William Porterfield, who family and friends said went by “Billy,” was 27 years old. He had just gotten married last year.

"It doesn't happen in this kind of a place," said his aunt, Sherry Chearney. "We grew up here. We're almost immune to it. You don't expect it to be here."

Porterfield was the father of a little girl and boy, with another child on the way.

"That little girl got robbed. That little boy got robbed. I still have my parents," said his uncle, Jay Randall. "Those little kids got robbed. Now they got to grow up without their dad."


Porterfield's parents live within eyesight of the car wash where their son was killed.

"Billy was a great kid. Good hearted kid. He was the first one there if you needed something," Randall said.

Right now, the victims' families are leaning on each other for support, offering words of sympathy to each other and even to the alleged gunman's family.

The Porterfield family has set up a GoFundMe page.