Murder case remains unsolved after two years
WILKES-BARRE (WOLF) -- Tonight marks two years since a man was shot to death outside his own home in Wilkes-Barre. The case is still unsolved.
This evening, family members held a vigil at Public Square.
The sister of Donnie Bachman says time has softened the loss, but it hasn't answered the questions about why he was taken. She is two-and-a-half years younger, and his only sibling.
The shooting happened May 1, 2015, after 3 a.m., when Donnie got home from his job as a bus mechanic for Martz Trailways in the Poconos.
"They waited for him. They stalked him and waited for him. So who was this and why?" says sister Judi Comisky.
Donnie Bachman's sister says she believes whoever shot the 49-year-old waited behind a hair salon on Carey and Willow, before firing at her brother, who had security cameras on his house.
"He was not a member of the Crime Watch, but yet he did his own," says Comisky.
"He was walking up to people taking pictures, saying, 'Smile, I got your your picture,' or taking pictures of people's license plates, so I'm told, of a drug house that was across the street," says cousin Michael Bachman.
Family members believe it was Donnie's work patrolling Willow Street that may have ended his life, but they say Donnie was not one to stay quiet.
"He was his kind of man," says dad Donald Bachman. "He lived life the way he wanted to live it, not the way I wanted him to live it."
"What's the right thing for you, if you saw a crime? Only you can answer that. What's the right thing for Donnie? Donnie felt like he was doing the right thing. He felt like walking up and confronting those people," says Michael Bachman.
"By taking him, they took part of me. It's just, it's hard. Life is hard," says dad Donald Bachman.
The pain stretches to Texas, where Donnie's cousin, who grew up with him and was very close in age, and his daughter live.
"The pain I have to see my dad go through every day, a man I've never seen cry," says Michael's daughter Mia Bachman.
Mia Bachman tears up when thinking about how it's hit her dad, who searches the Times-Leader website for crime information when he gets to work in the morning in Texas.
"It's consumed him. It's taken his life. He's constantly worried about it, worried about my grandparents," says Mia Bachman.
"I remember being at his house. He was telling me about all this crime in Wilkes-Barre. I was like come on, Donnie, this is Wilkes-Barre. How bad could it be? And he's like, no man, Mike. It's bad. It's bad," says Michael Bachman.
Michael remembers Donnie telling him about the "smokin' deal" he got on the "huge" house when he bought it. He ended up dead on the sidewalk in front.
"He was just such a happy human being and wild and free, and not afraid to be himself. He didn't care what anybody thought about him," says Mia Bachman.
"It's very difficult, two years later, to not know what happened to my brother," says Comisky.
This is the first time they've held a vigil. Michael Bachman was planning a visit back home and decided to set this up. Donnie's boss from Martz also came.
Donnie's dad says they will do it next year, but they're hoping someone will come forward, or police will solve the case before then.