Blase Raia Death: A 39-year-old Altoona, Pennsylvania man passed away from suicide moments after shooting and killing his partner Tuesday night. The suspect was identified as Blase Raia a local and known Machinist for the Norfolk Southern Railroad. According to reports, Blase died after killing his partner inside their residence at 614 South Dartmouth Lane in Altoona, PA.
Law enforcement agencies were called to the scene located in the Greenwood area of Logan Township. According to investigators, the two couples were found dead each with a gunshot wound. Police were called to the house on Dartmouth Lane shortly after 8 p.m. due to a reported murder-suicide. AMED, the coroner, Logan Township Police, and Altoona Police all responded to the incident.
According to the department, the incident is isolated and there is now no threat to the public. Locals say the suspect was a famous two-IHRA Ironman championship winner. Prayers have been called for by locals, for the remaining family members of the victim including Amanda D Zimmerman whom locals say is a smart and respectful young woman.
The couple leaves behind five children. A GoFundMe Account has been created to help raise funds for the children. “Hi, my name is Donny Algieri and I am a racer who raced with Blase. I am organizing this collection for Blase & Brookes 5 children who tragically lost both of their parents 5 days before Christmas. While I’m sure Christmas is the last thing on their minds they deserve our support, they need to know that both the racing community & their family stand behind them. Help me let these children know we are here for them.”
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