Jacob Schmoyer, his toddler son, and a friend named David Hallman were identified as the three victims in a mysterious car explosion in Allentown, Pennsylvania.
All three were killed in the blast. Jacob Schmoyer was 27-years-old; Jonathan Schoyer was 2; and David Hallman was 66-years-old, authorities said. The blast is under investigation by local and federal law enforcement and the exact cause of it has not yet been released. The explosion occurred on Saturday, September 29, 2018.
Here’s what you need to know:
1. The Blast That Killed the Two Men & Baby Was Initially Called a ‘Criminal Incident’ But Might Be an Accident
DEVELOPMENT: family provides this photo of John Schmoyer, 2, and father Jacob. They were killed in Allentown car explosion Saturday night @69News pic.twitter.com/rkzJ1aRhXe
— Jamie Stover (@JamieStoverNews) October 1, 2018
The motive for the blast is still not clear. However, authorities said initially that they were treating it as a “criminal incident,” and they said they believed the perpetrator died in the explosion. They did not specify who they thought that was.
Allentown car explosion (NOT for faint of heart). #carexplosion #Allentown 😔😔 pic.twitter.com/L9d0XtOCJp
— jessica (@TripptheTripp) September 30, 2018
“We have preliminary information on the circumstances we would like to, and need to, follow up on and get conclusive information on that so it would be premature to say anything,” said Agent Don Robinson of the ATF in a news conference.
“We’re not prepared to say the cause of the explosion,” an official in Allentown, PA, says. The three victims of the deadly car explosion have been identified as a father, his son and a friend. https://t.co/WXlEdG11Gq pic.twitter.com/ACEAuMMq07
— CBS News (@CBSNews) October 1, 2018
The comment on the criminal incident came from the Lehigh County District Attorney. However, the ATF agent later said the explosion’s cause “could be anything from an accident to a device, an explosive device.”
Authorities said “a lot of energy was released from this explosion,” but they declined to specify the cause.
2. Jacob Schmoyer’s Family Members Posted Tributes on Facebook & Said He Would Never Harm His Son
Tina Schmoyer, Schmoyer’s sister, told The Morning Call that people were getting the wrong impression of her brother.
“I can tell you that my brother was a wonderful father, son and brother,” she said to the newspaper. …read more