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'I can't be friends with a rapist,' suspect told Coaldale man before killing him, police say; teen also charged

1-12-2015 Pennsylvania:

The yearlong mystery of Corey Samuels' death in Coaldale was solved Sunday when a man told state police that he and a teenage boy killed Samuels as revenge for an alleged rape, police said.

Oliver L. Trizarri, 21, of Reading and Stanley E. Kralik, 17, of Coaldale were arraigned Monday on charges of homicide, aggravated assault, robbery and theft in the death of Samuels, 24, of Coaldale.

"I can't be friends with a rapist," Trizarri said the night of Jan. 20-21, 2014, after Kralik hit Samuels with a shovel and Samuels pleaded for mercy in the woods near an old railroad bed, according to the police arrest affidavit.

Trizarri told police that, weeks before the killing, Kralik informed him that a female friend of Kralik's said Samuels had sexually assaulted her, according to the affidavit. Kralik wanted Samuels punished, police said.

"Trizarri stated that [Kralik] told him, 'I want to kill (Samuels),'" and Trizarri agreed to help Kralik carry out the slaying, the affidavit says.

Trizarri told police that he and Kralik separated Samuels from his girlfriend the night of Jan. 20 by telling her they were going on a "boys night out" in the woods, the affidavit says.

Samuels was not seen alive again, police said.

He was reported missing to Coaldale police on Jan. 23, but his body wasn't found for nearly eight months. On Sept. 16, two hikers found his remains in the woods off East Miner Street, Coaldale.

The attack started on a trail with Kralik making a pre-arranged "clicking sound" and swinging a shovel into the back of Samuels' head, Trizarri told police, according to the affidavit.

"Trizarri stated that Samuels yelled, and then he [Trizarri] pinned Samuels to the ground, pressing his head into the ground to try to suffocate him," the affidavit says.

"At one point, Trizarri said Samuels asked why he was doing this and that he thought they were friends.

"Trizarri related that he hesitated, then began to think of the sexual assault allegations against Samuels, and he declared, 'I can't be friends with a rapist' and choked Samuels until he passed out.

"Once he was unconscious, [Trizarri] indicated that he hit Samuels in the head several times with the shovel…. Trizarri said that [Kralik] struck Samuels in the head with the shovel several times [and] punched him…."

Trizarri and Kalik removed Samuels' wallet, a pendant "cross with a circle," and his cellphone, the affidavit says.

The two dragged Samuels' body about 20 feet from the trail and buried it in the snow, police said. They threw away his cellphone, but Kralik kept the cross pendant as a "memento," Trizarri told police, according to the affidavit.

After state police at Reading talked with Trizarri on Sunday, state police at Frackville called in Kralik, who admitted punching Samuels, but said Trizarri hit Samuels with the shovel, the affidavit says.

According to the affidavit, Trizarri and Kralik last year said they went "for a walk" into the woods late Jan. 20 with Samuels, but both said Samuels walked away alive.

Samuels' last cellphone activity was an outgoing call from his phone at 12:10 a.m. Jan. 21, the affidavit says. He had not touched his bank accounts since the Jan. 21 disappearance, police added.

When the hikers stumbled on Samuels' remains in September, they found bones, two Timberland boots and a black glove with a skeleton design, the affidavit says. Samuels' sister and girlfriend identified the boots and glove as his, police said.

The Schuylkill County coroner's office and a forensic anthropologist found at least one sharp, stab-like wound at the right rear of Samuels' skull and several skull fractures, police said.

Trizarri and Kralik were arraigned by District Judge Anthony Kilker and sent to Schuylkill County Prison without bail. Despite his age, Kralik was charged as an adult. ..Source.. by Frank Warner and Manuel Gamiz Jr.

Family struggles with unanswered questions after Marine's body found


The family of a Coaldale, Schuylkill County man is still waiting for answers, days after his body was found in the woods. Corey Samuels, 24, first went missing eight months ago and his father, Paul Samuels, still wears his Marine hat and t-shirts every day.

"He was a great kid," said Samuels. "He fought for his country." "When father's day and my birthday rolled up I knew something was definitely wrong," said Samuels. Corey Samuels served three tours of duty in Iraq and Afghanistan before settling in Coaldale, Schuylkill County. January 20, Corey and some of his friends went partying in the woods when Corey vanished.

Several search parties were organized to look for him and Coaldale Police investigated. Nothing was found, until Saturday, when two people looking for mushrooms discovered Corey's body four blocks from his home in a wooded area that was not part of the original search. "Shock, very emotional," said Samuels. "I would like to know how he died and why." Corey's body is now in Erie, where forensic experts say it will take six to eight weeks to determine a cause of death.

Samuels says he believes Corey may have died of hypothermia, as it was snowing the night Corey disappeared and his folded knife was found with his body. Sadly, 18 days after his son disappeared, Samuels' father died. "Since my father was 82nd airborn he went up and re-conned for my son the Marine," said Samuels. Samuels says he knows his father found Corey and took him to heaven, where he is sure Corey is now guarding the pearly gates. ..Source.. by Jaccii Farris

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