Allentown man killed in home invasion

July 15, 2008 3:54:54 PM PDT
In the Lehigh Valley, robbers interrupted 47-year-old David Walterick morning routine with gunfire. He was shot dead in his home on the 9-hundred block of Pine Street in Allentown. Police say he may have been shot during a struggle with one of the intruders.

Neighbors along West Pine Street describe Walterick as a wonderful family man and a selfless neighbor.

He and his wife LeAnna had a weekday ritual.

He would wake up at 3AM, getting ready for his job as a garbage collector and LeAnna would get up too and have coffee with him before he left.

Tuesday morning though, investigators say it was right around that time when a knock came at the side entrance door.

Two masked men carrying guns reportedly stormed into the house demanding money.

Walterick's wife says when her husband went after one of the attackers' guns, a round was fired and the bullet hit Walterick in the face.

Paramedics arrived a short time later, but he died at the scene.

Walterick's co-workers at Raritan Valley Disposal say he'll be missed as a friend and as a colleague.

So far, police have no arrests or suspects in the case.