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Only on 9: Taravella’s family remains in shock

Updated: Friday, June 6 2014, 04:07 PM EDT

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WINTERSVILLE, Ohio – A Wintersville family remains in shock, mostly unable to talk about their son’s senseless murder.
It happened nearly a month ago when 22 year-old Chad Taravella was shot and killed outside of the Ridgewood apartments.
The suspect in that murder, Stephen Threats, was quickly caught and has since been indicted and charged with aggravated murder.
The victim's family, meanwhile, is still trying to pick-up the pieces.
NEWS9’s Ryan Eldredge spoke with Chad's family -- loved ones still struggling to deal with this heartbreaking loss.
"Well I mean obviously it's been quite a shock,” Chad’s brother Cory Mathews said. “I was gone for a long time. I really only got in on some weekends. I didn't get a whole lot of time to spend with him."
Chad's family members won't talk about the crime. They say they are still devastated.
"I was going to college to be a pilot, and when I asked some people if you want to go up with me, Chad was right on that,” Mathews said. “He was ready to go. He said, ‘I'll go up with you brother.’"
For Chad's family, the focus remains on the 6-week-old son he left behind -- Noah. And for investigators, the focus remains on the suspect, Threats, a man they claim didn't have much of a motive.
"This is a senseless verbal argument between these two people who really don't even know each other, who in fact don’t even know each other at all,” Jefferson County Prosecutor Jane Hanlin said. “So for the defendant to react in the manner that he did makes no sense and has deprived the community of the victim, has deprived a child of a father and there is simply nothing in the investigation that has revealed anything to justify the killing at all. "
Chad’s mother has been present at all of the court proceedings and she'll have another chance to look her son's alleged killer in the face next Wednesday during his arraignment.

Only on 9: Taravella’s family remains in shock


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