Friends, Family Shaken After Officer Killed In Motorcycle Crash

DRAVOSBURG (KDKA) — Robert Gogo Jr., 40, died doing one of his favorite things, riding his motorcycle.

“To get a call like this was shocking because he was such an experienced bike rider,” youngest sister Erin Carr said.

Shock is what this family is still going through.

“You know we have our moments. We’ve had distractions things like that. But you do the best you can,” Carr said.

Gogo’s mother was enjoying the holiday weekend camping when she got the call.  She said it was a feeling no parent should ever have to experience.

“I’ve lost both parents. Lost lots of friends. There’s nothing like losing a child. Nothing,” mother Cheryl Gogo said.

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Investigators say Gogo was traveling southbound on Richland Avenue in Dravosburg around 9 p.m. Saturday when he crossed the center line and struck another vehicle.  Police say he was not wearing a helmet.  However, the family says he always wore one and says the helmet was at the scene of the crash.  A makeshift memorial is set up near the accident site.  A wreath is hanging outside the city of Duquesne Police Department where Gogo Jr. worked for the past 10 years.

“It’s been a rough 48 hours. Next 72 are probably going to be rougher. We’ll get through as a community and a department,” Chief Scott Adams with the city of Duquesne Police said.

Chief Adams said Gogo touched a lot of people in the community.

“Bob loved his job here at the city of Duquesne Police Department, but the job he loved the most was being a dad,” Adams said.

“To look at Robert, he looks, acts, the things that he says. My brother will definitely live on in his son,” older sister Jennifer Gogo Martino said.

Visitation for Gogo Jr. will be held at Strifflers in White Oak from 6 p.m. To 8 p.m. Tuesday and 2 p.m. to 8 p.m. Wednesday.  His funeral will be held Thursday morning at Christ the Light of the World Parish in Duquesne.  He will be buried at Grandview Cemetery in North Versailles where he is from.

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