Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Shooting Victim Recalled at Vigil

Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Shooting Victim Recalled at Vigil

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"We love u Mike." The words lit up on the neon sign of the Old Route 66 Grille, the Greensburg restaurant owned by Michael Schaab's family.

On Thursday, Mr. Schaab, 25, had just returned from a break at Western Psychiatric Institute and Clinic of UPMC, where he worked as a geriatric therapist, when he was gunned down in the lobby by 30- year-old John Shick.

Police have yet to determine a motive in the slaying.

Next to the restaurant, his friends from Greensburg Central Catholic High School decorated the wraparound porch of the family's two-story home with white Christmas lights and a line of candles.

Friends organized a vigil there Sunday night in celebration of a life cut short by a "senseless" act.

"We thought when they talked about doing this that it was a wonderful idea," said his aunt, Lynn Daum of Monroeville. "This is something Mikey would have done for someone in the same situation."

One by one, a tight-knit group of friends that met in preschool took the microphone on the family porch to share their positive memories of Mr. Schaab with hundreds of community members that rallied to support his family.

Megan Shively, who was set to marry Mr. Schaab next year, stood next to his mother.

The loss was the second for Mr. Schaab's parents, Mary and Harry Schaab, in less than two years. Their daughter Nancy, 26, was killed during a domestic dispute in October 2010 by her boyfriend, who pled guilty last year to voluntary manslaughter.

Despite the circumstances, the night was filled with laughter and smiles.

At work, Mr. Schaab was described as having the utmost patience with patients who weren't always easy to deal with.

"It's amazing the number of coworkers who have come up with tears in their eyes and said what a joy it was to work with him," said Joe Daum, his uncle and godfather.

Mr. Schaab's friends said a celebration was the only way to commemorate the life of the spontaneous, fun and caring young man.

"One thing about Mike is that he was the glue that kept us together, and it looks like he brought us together one last time," a friend said. …

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