Criminal Justice

Pa. Lawyer's Unsolved Murder was 'Bizarre,' His Sister Says

Everyone liked Eric Birnbaum, including his ex-wife. So it’s hard to imagine who could possibly have wanted him dead, his friends and family say.

Yet Birnbaum, 51, was shot to death in broad daylight as he headed from his car toward his job at Terry D. Goldberg & Associates in Northampton, Pa., one morning last month. “It’s truly a puzzle,” his sister, Dona Birnbaum, tells the Bucks County Courier Times. She describes his unsolved murder as “bizarre.”

A man wearing sunglasses and a knit cap walked up behind Birnbaum as he was talking with a coworker in the parking lot, fired one shot into the back of his head without saying a word, and then disappeared into rush-hour traffic, the newspaper recounts. The scenario resonates of a contract hit, but seems so inapropos for Birnbaum that a number have wondered whether his murder might have been a case of mistaken identity.

First Assistant District Attorney David Zellis says a thorough and methodical investigation is being conducted by the Bucks County District Attorney’s Detective Bureau and the Northampton police. And, he says, he expects the case will be solved.

Earlier coverage “Police Seek Leads in Yesterday’s Killing of Pa. Lawyer “

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