Juan Ignacio Blanco  


  MALE murderers

index by country

index by name   A B C D E F G H I J K L M N O P Q R S T U V W X Y Z

  FEMALE murderers

index by country

index by name   A B C D E F G H I J K L M N O P Q R S T U V W X Y Z




Murderpedia has thousands of hours of work behind it. To keep creating new content, we kindly appreciate any donation you can give to help the Murderpedia project stay alive. We have many
plans and enthusiasm to keep expanding and making Murderpedia a better site, but we really
need your help for this. Thank you very much in advance.




Edwin Rios ROMERO





Classification: Murderer
Characteristics: Robbery
Number of victims: 1
Date of murder: January 3, 1995
Date of birth: 1964
Victim profile: David Bolasky, 41
Method of murder: Strangulation
Location: Allentown, Pennsylvania, USA
Status: Sentenced to death on April 17, 1996

The Supreme Court of Pennsylvania

opinion J113-98

In 1995, Edwin Romero and three other men murdered Allentown architect David Bolasky. 

Romero and George Ivan Lopez were both given the death penalty for co-defendant Edwin Rios Romero. The other 2 men were sent to prison. 

Bolasky, 41, was killed in January 1995 after he went to an apartment building he owned to collect rent from a tenant, Miguel Moreno. There, Bolasky was robbed. 

In March 1996, a jury convicted Lopez and Romero of 1st-degree murder. The jury also sentenced both men to death. The other 2 defendants were spared the death penalty in exchange for their cooperation with prosecutors. 

George Ortiz Barbosa pleaded guilty to first-degree murder and received a life sentence. Moreno, who admitted to setting up the robbery, was sentenced to 20-40 years. 

Bolasky, of Macungie, was an architect nearly 15 years. He was vice president of Wallace & Watson Associates, Allentown. 


Governor Rendell Sign 77th Death Warrant

Jan. 29, 2008

Edwin Rios Romero, 43, who strangled David Bolasky on Jan. 3, 1995, in Allentown, is scheduled to die by lethal injection on March 25.   Romero’s death warrant is the Governor’s 77th.

Officials say the New York City-born Romero strangled Bolasky to death as part of a scheme to get money for a return trip to Florida. Romero and two other men had arrived in Allentown the day before to see one of the other men’s nephews, Miguel Moreno.

The plot involved luring Bolasky, who then was a landlord and a vice-president and project manager for the architecture firm of Wallace and Watson Associates in Allentown, into Moreno’s apartment to steal the rent he had collected from other tenants.

Bolasky had only collected $300 by the time Moreno found the man and told him he wanted to pay two months of rent, but that the rest of the rent was in his apartment.

When Bolasky entered the apartment, Moreno introduced him to his uncle, George Lopez, who was sitting on the couch in the living room.  Moreno excused himself, saying he needed to go downstairs because he had forgotten some of the money. While the landlord waited for Moreno’s return, Lopez pulled out a gun and forced him to the back of the apartment where Romero and the other man, Jorge Barbosa, were hiding.

After failing to strangle Bolasky to death with a rope, Romero switched to a towel and he, Barbosa and Lopez took turns tightening the towel around Bolasky’s throat until he died.

Three days later, on Jan. 6, 1995, police found Bolasky’s body in the woods near a secluded road; his corpse frozen and the towel that had been used to strangle him was still tied around his neck.

On March 19, 1996, a jury found Romero and Lopez guilty of first-degree murder, robbery, theft by unlawful taking. It returned death sentences for both men a day later.

Two warrants were issued in Romero’s case, but his execution was stayed the first time to allow the filing of a petition for a writ of certiorari in the U.S. Supreme Court; the second time was to allow post-conviction proceedings in the Lehigh County Court of Common Pleas.

Post-conviction relief was denied by the lower court on Sept. 15, 2000, and the state Supreme Court affirmed that decision last month, thus lifting the second stay.


Edwin Rios Romero



home last updates contact