MILLERSBURG — The lives of Dean and Steven Beachy are being remembered with services in Holmes County and central Pennsylvania.

The father and son, both of Millersburg, were in State College, Pennsylvania, for a horse auction when they were killed during a random shooting in a hotel bar-restaurant Thursday night.

Their funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Tuesday at the Mt. Hope Event Center in Mt. Hope. A private burial service will be held prior to services. Calling hours will be 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Monday at the event center. There were also calling hours on Sunday evening.

The Beachys — along with a third victim who was killed in his home by the same gunman later that evening — will be remembered at a vigil in State College during a vigil from 4 to 5:30 p.m. on the Penn State University campus.

Dean Beachy, 61, owned and operated Beachy Auction Service out of Berlin and was well-known in horse auction circles. Steven Beachy, 19, was a recent graduate of Hiland High School. They are survived by Dean’s wife and Steven’s mother Linda and their three sons/brothers.

The shooting occurred shortly after 10 p.m. at P.J. Harrigan’s Bar & Grill in a Ramada Inn in State College. Jordan Witmer, 21, of Bellefonte, Pa., shot three people including the Beachy men. The third victim, Nicole Abrino, 21, of State College, was shot in the chest. Her condition was still unknown as of Sunday.

After the shooting at the bar, Witmer fled the scene and crashed his car about two miles away. He then broke into a nearby home where he fatally shot homeowner George McCormick, 83, before killing himself. McCormick’s wife, Joan, 80, was unharmed.

The shooting is under investigation and police have yet to find a motive.

According to the Centre Daily Times, McCormick was a retired foods supervisor and vending manager at Penn State University. He owned and operated a lawn care business in his retirement. McCormick was also a polio survivor. He died on his 60th wedding anniversary.

Standing at the Gates for Justice, a local group in State College, will honor the three shooting victims at its weekly vigil on Monday. Identified as a community service group on it’s Facebook page. The public group holds a vigil every Monday to stand up for inclusion, love, and justice at the Allen Street Gates on the campus of Penn State University.

“Our weekly vigil will focus on the recent State College shooting. Join us as we remember, mourn, and imagine a better world moving forward,” the group wrote on his Facebook page.

 

Reporter Emily Morgan can be reached at 330-287-1632 or emorgan@the-daily-record.com.