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Hayden Robert Dominick Garreffa, 19, October 20, 2022, East Wheatfield, Indiana County, Pennsylvania

Eight kids between the ages of fourteen and twenty-one pulled up at Hayden's residence and lured him to get in to their van. They drove away, beat and stabbed Hayden to his death, then left him in a field on the side of a road, until he was found two days later two miles away in tall grass near Oneida Mine Road in Brush Valley, deceased.

Hayden was autistic.

Charged in Hayden's homicide:

21-year-old Desean Alvarez

21-year-old Isaac Buchkoski

18-year-old Mia Catalfano

18-year-old Taylyn Edwards

20-year-old Thomas Rivera

18-year-old Summer Settlemyer

18-year-old Jesse Wadsworth

14-year-old girl, unnamed

The adults were charged with kidnapping, homicide and aggravated assault.

All of them are being held without bond.

When Buchkoski was picked up by State Police, he had rid his clothes and died his hair. His girlfriend also died her hair.

It has been reported in court the reason for the motive began when Hayden got into an argument with Isaac Buchkoski and three other people on Oct. 20 regarding Buchkoski's girlfriend. One of Hayden's cousins were inside the home when Hayden was taken. Buchkoski told her that "You won't have to worry about (Hayden) again, because he will be dead before the end of the day." The cousin contacted Hayden's grandmother, who then contacted Pennsylvania State Police.

Isaac Buchkoski was Hayden's cousin.

Hayden's family reportedly found a bucket list that he made, the day after his death. They have continued their GoFundMe to complete the bucket list which Hayden would never be able to accomplish.

Information accumulated by:

CBS News


The Tribune-Democrat, Johnstown, Pa.


19, Ebensburg, formerly of Windber, went to be with the Lord on October 22, 2022. Born on May 4, 2003 in Ephrata, PA, son of Jesse A. Garreffa, Camden Wyoming, DE and Alysia M. Petak, Windber, PA. Preceded in death by maternal great-grandmother, Betty Sandberg, and paternal great-grandfather, Alfred Garreffa. In addition to his parents, he is survived by his loving sisters, Jennifer and Arya Garreffa; brothers, Joshua, Cole, and Drew Garreffa; paternal grandparents, Robert and Debra Garreffa; Godmother, Amanda Daddario; several aunts, uncles and cousins, and his fiancé. Hayden was a 2021 graduate of Forest Hills High School. He enjoyed playing video games, listening to music, cooking, gardening, helping animals, fishing, campfires, and walks. He loved to scavenge clean outs for "treasures", a habit that would cause his mom to sometimes just shake her head in disbelief with all the things he would bring home. He was always helpful, constantly asking if there was something he could do to help out. Just this past summer, he gleefully volunteered to help the trash crew collect garbage for the duration of a four day music festival when a contract with a garbage collection company fell through. He was known for his hard work ethic. In fact, he had plans to start a private land care business next year. He was also known for his quirky humor, like eating weird combinations of food just to gross people out. Hayden loved his family dearly and frequently and spontaneously told them so, and will be remembered for his kind heart. At the family's request, there will be no public viewing. Friends will be received from noon until time of celebration of life at 1 P.M. on Monday at the Harris Funeral Home, 500 Cherry Lane, Richland. Private inurnment will be held at the convenience of the family. The family suggests contributions be directed to Humane Society of Cambria County, 743 Galleria Dr Ext, Johnstown, PA 15904 in memory of Hayden. Online condolences may be posted to Cremation by Laurel Highlands Crematory at Harris Funeral Home.

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