- Associated Press - Saturday, July 18, 2015

EASTON, Pa. (AP) - Scores of people paid their respects Saturday to an eastern Pennsylvania man gunned down in what authorities say was apparently a random killing spree in New Jersey and Pennsylvania.

About 200 people filled Finegan Funeral Home in Palmer Township to honor Kory Ketrow, 22, The (Easton) Express-Times (https://bit.ly/1J7LbDn) reported.

Some wore T-shirts with Ketrow’s picture and initials on them, along with blue caps with Ketrow’s name stitched in red. They took turns sharing stories about his favorite things: skateboarding, the New England Patriots and girls.

Ketrow friend, Zachary Fehr, said Ketrow would have been amazed at the attention paid him.

“Kory would have loved this. He knows we’re all here for him,” the 22-year-old Fehr said.

Ketrow was shot to death July 5 in Easton while walking home from a friend’s house in the early morning.

Less than an hour later, Francine Ramos, 32, was found shot to death in a car in Allentown. Trevor Davante Hall Gray, 21, was found leaning against a nearby parked car; he died shortly afterward.

Authorities charged Todd West, 22, of Elizabeth, New Jersey, and two other men in the Pennsylvania slayings. They suspect the killings were part of a crime spree that began in mid-May in New Jersey.

Prosecutors in New Jersey say West’s cousin was killed in an apartment building in Elizabeth on May 18 and three other people were killed June 25, also in Elizabeth. They say a the motive for the killings is unclear.

Prosecutor Terry Houck in Northampton County, Pennsylvania, says investigators haven’t found a connection among the victims in the two states and the slayings appear to be random.

At Saturday’s gathering, Ketrow’s mother said she was grateful and overwhelmed by the emotional support and donations, and she encouraged everyone to help thwart street violence.

“There has to be an explanation for my son being shot. It could have been any of you,” Linda Ketrow said. “Somebody comes and just blows you away? We have to make sure this never happens again.”

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Information from: The (Easton, Pa.) Express-Times, https://www.lehighvalleylive.com

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