Timothy B. Reber 31 years old August 15, 1980 ~ February 10, 2012
A son, brother, uncle and friend to many....
Timmy, there are many broken hearts in the Oley Valley today.
Six months ago today, Timmy and his sister's lost their mother Joann.
As they leaned on each other these past months for strength and understanding, another senseless tragedy has hit their family.
Please keep the Reber family and friends in your prayers.
Tim was a 1999 graduate of Oley Valley High School. He was employed by Tamarck Tree Co.
His friends describe him as always having a smile on his face, a kind heart, a great friend, a gentle soul, a good kid, great man and loved by so many.
You, Timmy, were one of those people that made an impact on peoples lives. A truely unforgetable person, one of a kind. You always tired to make people feel good about themselves.
Timmy will never be forgotten... He lives on in our hearts!
Candlelight Vigil in honor of Timmy
A Candlelight Vigil was held for
Thursday, March 1st @ 7 pm
Torches and candles surrounded the pond near Tim's house.
A memory of Tim for the Remembrance Quilt
I am a child of five children and one of the oldest, there were four girls and one boy. I was the second oldest girl and one with health issues, I was born with a heart defect and later in elementary developed scoliosis, my mother was always on pins and needles because she never knew if I’d make from day to day. I was always in and out of Children’s Hospital of Philly, and spent days, weeks, and even months in there, pretty much became my home away from home, but through all my struggles to keep alive I adored my siblings, we were like all siblings, we we laughed, we played, we argued, we got each other in trouble, but most of all we loved each other and stuck by each other through thick and thin. Me being older and not able to do much I loved to be around and care for my younger siblings, I’d play mother to them with the help of my mother, as I got older I started to have that motherly instinct, when my brother and youngest sister came along, I became attached to them almost instant. I remember my mother calling me from the hospital and telling my they had a first name for my brother, but had a few in mind for the middle name, one of the names was Brian, so I told her Brian because my first name began with the letter B, and we had a Tara, Tracy, and Brooke, and now a Timothy Brian. When my mother brought him home from the hospital I remember her laying him in the front bedroom of my Nan’s house and I snuck in the bedroom, and just laid there with him watching him sleep. I would say I always protected him and stuck up for him because he was the only boy and quite goofy, but in a funny, loving way if you ever wanted a laugh, he was sure to give you one! About six years later along came my youngest sister…. The baby of the house. I also remember getting the phone call from the hospital from my mother, and once again telling me they had a middle name picked out, but have a few in mind for the first name, and one of the names was Brittany, of course I told her Brittany because there was a Tara, Tracy, Brooke, and Timothy, so of course we needed another B name, so I feel as if I was the odd one out. (Lol,) About the time my mother came home from the hospital with my baby sister, I was home sick from school, so I’d get up with my mother for midnight feedings and changing, she was the cutest little thing you’d ever seen, she had beautiful soft skin and beautiful blue eyes, she look a pure as a china doll, Timothy and Brittany weren’t just my mother’s children, but also felt like mine also because of the motherly bond I had with them as infants. As I grew and became having my own life, I never thought of them any different, and I have always tended to be overprotected of them both, and they always had a special piece of my heart, as if I had been their mother. About five years ago our world changed, our parents separated and even though we were all adults, it had an impacted on us. Slowly our mother became sick and her health started to decline, she was in and out of hospitals and nursing/rehabs. She had her leg amputated in June or July due to diabetes, she made it through that well, and on August 7th 2011 she had a few of her toes amputated on the foot she still had, and pulled through that well. On August 10th 2011 we lost our mother, three days after her 57th birthday. After the passing of our mother, the siblings stuck together and became even closer and stronger, for we only had each other to lean on. The holidays came around and we celebrated our first Holiday without our mother, we had Thanksgiving here at my house, and Christmas Eve at my sister Tracy’s, we had so much fun and made so many great memories, there was more memories to be made throughout the end of January. On January 28th 2012 all the siblings went out together and had a great time and once again made some great memories, my brother was exceptionally clingy and happy, he loved the attention he got from his sisters that night, little did we know that would be the last night we’d see and make memories with our brother. On February 10th 2012, six months to the day of our mother’s passing, I got a call from my sister Tracy telling my husband that my brother had been shot, he was murdered. The little baby boy I remember my mother bring home from the hospital, and the child I became attached to as if he were my own was gone, it was if my whole world had shattered, my very first baby boy was gone, not by God’s doing, but by the hands of another! The piece of my heart that he held was in a million pieces and can never be repaired…. No bandage or band aid will heal this scar. I was eight years older then him and was the one with the health issues, even though he was eight years younger then me, he was as overprotected of me, as I was of him, and I’ve never in my life thought that my baby brother would leave this world before me. I know I must move forward for me, my husband, my children, the rest of my family, and my friends, and in my own time I know I will, the pain and heartache will always remain. I have been through so much hurt and pain throughout my life, being a child with health issues, but this is the most unbearable pain I’ve ever experienced! Homicide is the most unnatural death ever, and anyone who has not gone through it first hand will never understand the pain, heartache, and scar you will live and it leaves behind!
Tim Reber's sisters honoring him during National Crime Victims Rights week 2012
Brooke and Timmy
I still can't wrap my head round it, that you are gone. So young and so much life ahead of you, it is just unfair! Althought there were times we didn't agree on things, I loved you unconditionally, you were my only brother and I charished you! Life is going to be so hard and never the same without you. When mom passed, I thought I'd never get through life, but you and our 3 sisters, helped put the pieces to my broken heart back. My heart will never ever be the same again!
Never thought it could be you, I never wanted it to. My other half of me just disappeared. Darkness came as fast as you got your angel wings. My tears will never go away, My heart feels like its been thrown away. When I heard the news, I fell to my knees. Not wanting to get up, I heard you say it'll be okay. Memories running through my head not believing my only brother's life was gone. I sit there looking at you, wanting to shake you. I couldn't see those big blue eyes, there's not a smile that could ever be replaced. God, take this pain away from me. I never got to say goodbye, I want you to answer me why. but all I can do is wait. Till then I'll be missing him.
Love you Always and Forever! Missing you deeply!!
I am a tree, I want to be free, But I belong here, I hope freedom is near. I lay here still, But grateful I won't get ill, Laying here. 100 years still looking, If freedom is near.
written by Madeline Matthews Tim's niece
Timmy was shot and killed outside of his girl friends home at 37 Beckers Road in Alsace Township.
A 25 year old Boyertown man has been arrested and charged.
WFMZ report dated 2/10/2012
Police ID man shot, killed outside home; suspect in custody
Friends set up website to raise money for victim's funeral expenses
Reading Eagle article dated 2/10/2012
Boyertown man in custody in Alsace Township homicide Timothy Reber, 31, of Alsace Township was shot with a .40 caliber handgun after 3 a.m. in front of his girlfriend’s residence, troopers said. Trooper said one of Reber’s friends, a Boyertown man, is in custody.
WFMZ report dated 2/10/2012
Friends raise money for homicide victim's sister
Friends of a man who lost his life during an argument with another man early Friday morning are working to raise money to cover his funeral expenses.
Reading Eagle February 11, 2012 State troopers swarm on Earl Township neighborhood Dozens of state troopers in combat gear and armed with assault rifles swarmed on an Earl Township neighborhood before daybreak Friday after learning that a suspect in an Alsace Township killing may have been holed up in a house.
Dozens of state troopers in combat gear and armed with assault rifles swarmed on an Earl Township neighborhood before daybreak Friday after learning that a suspect in an Alsace Township killing may have been holed up in a house.
Dozens of state troopers in combat gear and armed with assault rifles swarmed on an Earl Township neighborhood before daybreak Friday after learning that a suspect in an Alsace Township killing may have been holed up in a house
The Reber Fund
A fund has been set up to help the Reber Family with the burden of expenses. After the loss of their Mother Joanne in August and now Tim, extra funds will go a long way.
Pictured, Joanne and Timmy Reber - The Reber Fund
A Celebration of Life
Hundreds of Family and Friends Shared Memories of
We love you Timmy ~ Always in our hearts!
Please light a candle...
Light a candle for Timmy, his family and friends
THE MERCURY NEWS Article dated 2/11/2012
Boyertown man shot friend ‘multiple times,’ police say
PSP Reading took a man into custody at 305 E. Third St. in Boyertown. Photo by John Strickler/The Mercury
When Reber returned to the residence, the witness said, she was in the living room with # and saw # was holding a handgun.
“Shortly thereafter, # went outside and broke up a fight and after the fight was broke up, it began again and # shot victim Reber,” investigators wrote in court papers. The second witness told investigators she heard about five shots and Reber “fell to the ground after the first shot and # continued to shoot him.”
Man accused of killing friend to stand trial on murder charges
At a preliminary hearing, a district judge determined prosecutors have enough evidence for the charge first degree murder and related offenses.
Report dated 1/28/2013
# pleads guilty to murder of Timothy Reber in Alsace
He was sentenced to 15 to 40 years in state prison.
Article dated 1/29/2013
Killer gets 15-40 years, apologizes to victim's family
Boyertown defendant sentenced for February murder of Alsace man
Reber died as a result of multiple gunshot wounds, according to medical reports.
"The sense of loss is unimaginable," Yatron said to the victim's family. "So many shots were fired it's amazing someone else was not shot."
Article dated 1/29/2013
Slain man's father to killer: 'I feel vindictiveness'
"My only son was shot," Reber of Exeter Township said to #, 26, of Boyertown. "I loved my only son. The hurt will never go away. I have trouble talking about it. He will never be forgotten by anyone."
A deputy sheriff immediately escorted Reber to his seat in Judge Paul M. Yatron's packed courtroom.
The victim's relatives showed photographs of him, describing him as a kind man with a great sense of humor.
The victim's three sisters, Brittany Reber, 26, and Tracy Kemp, 36, both of Temple, and Brooke Matthews, 40, of Exeter Township, wept as they shared how they suffer nightmares and other health issues over his slaying.
Kemp looked at Pfanders and told him an angel is watching over her family.
Matthews testified she has nightmares about how her brother was murdered.
"In our family he was our hero," she said. "I feel as though I am constantly ill. I feel as though I have to shelter my children."
Brittany Reber said life has been a nightmare since her brother was killed.
"Did he suffer?" she asked. "I can't get away from this overwhelming feeling of sadness. He was far too young to die."
Timothy Reber Benefit
A celebration of Timmy's life was held by family & friends.
All proceeds benefit The Years of Tears Organization.
February 9, 2013
Fleetwood Grange, 7 pm
February 10, 2012 - Boyertown man arraignment Berks County Services Center central booking