BETHLEHEM Hundreds of friends and family members gathered Saturday to remember the loving family man who possessed a quick but quiet wit and an insatiable love of gadgets.
Those who spoke of 52-year-old Peter Porco, who was found murdered in his 36 Brockley Drive home last Monday, can't seem to make sense of the violent death of such a peaceful man.
Police have been tight-lipped about the details of the investigation into Peter Porco's murder and the attack of his wife, 54-year-old Joan Porco, who remains in critical condition at an Albany hospital with facial and head injuries.
According to Bethlehem Police Chief Lou Corsi, Joan Porco was conscious when she was transported to the hospital, but he said Tuesday he didn't know whether she was awake yet.
Early this week, police submitted more than 200 pieces of evidence to the State Police for examination, according to Corsi.
Police are not releasing any information about possible suspects.
There's a lot of people we're talking to, Corsi said. "The investigation is quite large."
Peter Porco's service was led by Joan Porco's cousin, the Rev. David Noone at St. Francis de Sales Church, in Loudonville, where Peter Porco was a Eucharistic minister.
Peter Porco was called the "nicest person in the courthouse," Appellate Court Justice Anthony V. Cardona, whom Peter clerked for, said.
"It's so hard without him. It's impossible to comprehend such a senseless brutality, destruction of human life," said Cardona, who said he knew Peter Porco was listening. "I'm praying that God helps me with my anger."
Peter Porco was a "model of thoughtfulness," Noone said, who recalled a recent exchange between himself and the Porcos.
"Joanie Porco," he said, granted him, without thinking twice, permission to borrow their family car to teach a new driver. The couple then invited the pair to dinner at their house.