The girlfriend of one of the four Pennsylvania murder victims has written an emotional Facebook tribute.
Loralynn Ingreso described Tom Meo, 21, as her ‘best friend’ and said ‘whatever I write here will not and cannot do his beautiful soul any justice’.
Part of it reads: ‘Tom was a man who kept to his word. He was loyal, respectful, understanding, and patient. I know this because he wasn’t like that just to me, but even to my own friends and strangers. Tom never allowed preconceptions or judgements to hinder him from connecting with others.’
She goes on to explain how he stole her heart when they first met, and how he would drive for an hour after work ‘just to spend a couple of hours awake with me before falling asleep’.
Meo went missing along with 22-year-old Mark Sturgis, Jimi Tar Patrick and Dean Finocchiaro, both 19.
They all vanished within the space of a week in the Bucks County area.
The police search honed in on farmland in Solebury and, after days of searching, human remains were found buried in a 12.5ft-deep grave.
Cosmo DiNardo, 20, lives with his family on the farmland with his family, has confessed to the murders, a defense attorney has said.
His lawyer, Paul Lang, told reporters his client has confessed to ‘the four murders’.
DiNardo reportedly apologized as he left the courthouse last Thursday afternoon.
His cousin, Sean Kratz, has also been charged with murder.
It has since emerged that the four were killed while making drug deals.
Patrick was shot on July 5 when he met DiNardo to buy weed worth $8,000, but only had $800 him, reports DailyMail.com.
The other three were killed on July 7 under similar circumstances.
Loralynn’s heartbreaking Facebook post
Tom. My sweet, precious Tom. I am overwhelmed with all that has happened over the course of the past few days. Whatever I write here will not and cannot do his beautiful soul any justice. Tom was such an integral part of my time in Philadelphia. I would often marvel at the thought that he was there for just about 75 percent of it.
He was and still is my best friend. I met him at the end of 2015. From the start, our time together was an adventure, he brought me to the top of that parking garage to enjoy a view of the city as we shared some tunes and were surprised with just how much we had in common. From that night I knew he had my heart, which was terrifying, but one of the best feelings in the world.
Tom was a man who kept to his word. He was loyal, respectful, understanding, and patient. I know this because he wasn’t like that just to me, but even to my own friends and strangers.Tom never allowed preconceptions or judgements to hinder him from connecting with others.
Tom enjoyed conversation and getting to hear people out. He loved loved loved asking questions about things that didn’t make sense. Tom had an innate selfless nature about him. I recall him offering to give my friend a ride to the library because it was dark out and snowing pretty hard. That memory has always stuck out to me, because I don’t know if I would have even done that if I had a car, I was selfishly thinking about the loss of a parking spot.
He always came out to see me after an exhausting day at work. Even if it meant driving over an hour in traffic just to spend a couple of hours awake with me before falling asleep, Tom would be there — always. He loved me unconditionally and made me feel like the most beautiful, special girl in the world.
I can write more and tell countless stories about Tom that prove that he has a heart of gold. I am heartbroken, sad, and confused. I am in awe of the amount of love and support from family, friends, and strangers. God has blessed me with Tom’s presence in my life. Tom is one of the biggest blessings that God could have given me. The Lord continues to bless me with His everlasting love, peace, protection, and grace… I ask for the continuation of prayers for the families affected by this tragedy.
Tom is forever my sweet angel boy. I love you so much Tom, more than you know.
DiNardo was originally arrested over illegally possessing a shotgun and ammunition on a charge filed back in February, but was bailed. His bail was set at $1million because he was said to be a flight risk.
A court affidavit said he had a history of mental illness and had been involuntarily committed to an institution for inpatient care. It did not say when the commitment had occurred. The charge had been dismissed by a judge in February but was refiled.
He was arrested again last Wednesday for trying to sell one of the victim’s vehicles.
Last week, District Attorney Matthew Weintraub said: ‘We have found human remains in an approximately 12.5ft common grave that we have painstakingly dug with a lot of care so as not to damage any potential evidence.
‘And I’m very, very sad to say that we can now identify Dean Finocchiaro, 19-years-old of Middletown as one of the people found buried in that grave. He’s been missing since Friday. We notified his family that we have recovered his body.
‘There are additional human remains inside that grave. So this painstaking process will go on, we’re not done yet. This is a homicide, make no mistake about it. We just don’t know how many homicides.’
He added: ‘We’re strong, and we’re going to remain strong and we’re going to bring each and every one of these lost boys home, one way or another.’