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Coroner: Park victims were shot several times

Coroner: Park victims were shot several times

COOLBAUGH TWP., Pa. - The two men who were found dead at a park were shot several times and one of them was bludgeoned with a rock, officials said Saturday.

An autopsy was done on Bertoldo Velez and Joseph King on Saturday -- a day after their bodies were discovered at the municipal park in Coolbaugh Township, Monroe County.

Monroe County Coroner Bob Allen  told 69 News that both men were shot several times in a car.

Velez, 55, who was the driver, was then pulled out of the vehicle and beaten in the head with a rock, the coroner said.

King, 38, was found inside the car, police said.

The men were neighbors in Penn Estates in Stroud Township, Monroe County, and both worked at United Envelope in Mount Pocono, police said.

An officer on patrol discovered the bodies around 2 a.m. Friday, police said.

The men had likely been shot at the scene sometime Thursday night, police said.

Police are still hunting for the killer, but the chief told 69 News that the investigation is going well.

"This was something that appears to be specific to the people there," said Pocono Mountain Police Department Chief Harry Lewis. "It wasn't a random act of violence that we're worried about."

Still, neighbors want the killer off the streets.

"I just give my condolences to the family of those two that were killed," said Authum Jimenes. "I hope the guy gets caught (because) you can't do things like that and get away with it."

For some at the park, life has returned to normal.

"We're just here celebrating today, with my whole family," smiled Christina Irace.

Gathered for her nephew's first birthday party, Irace wants to focus on life rather then the deaths the happened just yards away in the park parking lot.

"It was just kinda disconcerting knowing that we were gonna be here today and that there was this situation that happened."

The double-murder has others at the park on edge.

"It's trees, it's quiet, it's a park and this is not the sort of thing you would expect to happen," Gene Koose said.

He's staying nearby on an anniversary trip with his wife and two other couples. News of the violent crime shocked the group.

"Scary, scary stuff, not the way you want to spend your anniversary weekend."

"It sounds very violent," Irace said. "It actually makes me feel a lot worse about being here right now knowing that that kind of action can happen in Tobyhanna."

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